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featu Dustin Quick & Medi Em - page6 Aki Aleong - page10 2 Binx - The African Bee - page20


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ures Lee Petropoulos - page30 Robert Gifford - page34 Z & Saffire - page40 3


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contents 06 Dustin Quick & Medi Em 09 Towards the Partnership of Trust 10 Legendary Actor Aki Aleong 14 Meeting Richard Sosa 18 The Gail Carson Songwriters Series 20 Binx - The African Bee 26 Kiki Wang 30 Lee Petropoulos 34 Robert Gifford Art 38 Marcello Dongu 39 The Rise of Eating Disorders 40 Z & Saffire - A Marraige Made In Entertainment 42 Ask Françoise 44 Straight From The Oven 46 Paul Goodwin 52 Mailbag 55 Ask PC Kevin 58 Angel Experiences WE ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PHOTO’S OR ARTWORK WITH COPYRIGHTS THAT ARE SUPPLIED TO US BY INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR FEATURES 4


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Letter from EDITOR Christina Howard | +44 (0)7713 973640 The Editor MARKETING/PRODUCTION/ DESIGN Christina Howard SOCIAL MEDIA Bob Alston Hello Everyone Welcome to Issue 23 where we focus on dreams and aspirations and achievements, yet for many it seems so simple and for others the road of success is very difficult met with many obstacles. The best achievers are believe it or not the ones who previously failed and who never got anywhere in their desired careers. But they never gave up despite all the obstacles they encountered on their personal journey, for they knew it is far better to fail trying then to fail wondering what if. Here we read about the ones who did succeed and they respectfully deserve their success and fame and long may it reign. They are the brave who inspire us while most of us don’t want fame or success and all that goes with it. But what ever we want let our own dreams be joyful in our daily life and this joyful wish be granted to you that may your own wishes no matter how small or how big come true and our greatest wish is that you may always have the love and happiness you deserve. EDITORS PA Stan Dwight EDITORIAL SECRETARY Sandra Boyce CORRESPONDENTS Antonella A Commatteo Carole Gray & Cerdan A Smith Tammie Starr Jamaal Lewis Jody Du Priest Gail Carson Nancy Fike Dr Gareth Presch Tommy Bull Hedi Elizabeth Hansen Stanley Goodrich Dr Nancy Fike COLUMNISTS Kevin Maddox Dr Kailash Chand OBE PC Kevin McEvoy Dr Amir Hannan Francoise Pascal Angela Brown Dr Judith Barbara Rosenblum MAGAZINE DESIGN, PRO- Christina V Howard Editor DUCTION & PHOTOGRAPHY Bob Alston - RAPhotograhy Christina V Howard Profile - Journalist, Radio Correspondent, WEBSITE PR/Marketing, Events Organiser, Fashion Style Coach, Stephen Kimber | stevek100@yahoo. Theatre Producer, Former Textiles Lecturer, Fashion Catalogue Designer. Enjoys Science, Technology, Classic Cars, Singing, Cooking and Animals. Charity helper and a strong QUESTIONS, FEEDBACK Humanitarian. AND SUBMISSIONS CVH 1st Class is a Not-for-Profit organisation Phone: +44 (0)7713 973640 Statement of Copyright: (As a family magazine we reserve the right not to print unsuitable material) CVH 1st Class magazine is owned and published electronically by CVH 1st Class Group. ©2015 all rights reserved. ON THE COVER: Medi eM & Dustin Quick © Gary Verholtz No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the prior consent of CVH 1st Class Group. Requests for permission should be directed to: 5


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Dustin Quick & Medi Em Exclusive by Anotonella A Commateo lcasvs 1st C © Bob Delgadillo azine An International Award-winning, and California’s Designer of the Year, Antonella is a native of Wales born fashionista, whose designs are uniquely inspired and represented by life and its journey. CVH 1st Class media were honoured to attend Dustin Quick and Medi Em Heartbeat Music Video Premiere which took place at the W Hollywood in California, it was extra special for it was Supermodel Dustin’s birthday and filled with Celebrities. The Couples new song ‘Heartbeat ‘ is uplifting and romantically unforgettable Dustin Quick is a multi talented Actress, Model and Dancer she is married to Medi Em and the good looking couple live in Los Angeles, California. She is from La Vista Nebraska. Dustin with her natural beauty and personality is captivating she has that rare charisma only seen by the great Hollywood Movie Stars of bygone days. Medi Em is the President at Rockwell, he studied Architecture at Arizona State University. He was born in Iran and was a popular musician from an early age showed great talent. Medi Em is known from his work on ‘Mini Movie’and ‘Rock Your Shakespeare (2016)’ and ‘Till Be Determined (2016)’ and ‘Vape Warz (2017)’. Renowned as a Flamenco Fusion Guitarist Composer and Director. 6


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Here they tell us more about their music video. Q&A What do you think that song is about? Is there anything special about that song? When did you first become interested in music? J“iMmemdyi:HGernodwriinxg.”up as a kid I started listening to “JaDckussotinn’s: The first music video I saw Billy Jean, and loved how it was Michael incorporated sound, dance and story into one art form.” How long have you been playing music? “oMn etodib:eI started playing guitar at age nine. I a guitarist in a popular band where went I was the only one under-age in college I formed a band that performed at the Dallas Cowboys World Championship Party along with Reba McIntire. Later I became a DJ at Hollywood venues like Avalon, and then I composed, produced and performed a flamenco world-fusion album titled, Semillas.” What are your musical icons/influences? j“aMzzedicio: nTshseulcahteafslaJmohenncCoolletrgaenned,,BPiallcEovDanesL, utocirao, cakn/d pop stars such as Pink Floyd and David Bowie, in addition to classical composers like Bach.” p“Darulasytiend: After Thriller, into Ice-T, Dr. my Michael Jackson love Dre, Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Sinatra. I also love soundtracks ranging from Alfonso Cuaron directed, Great Expectations to those for films directed by Baz Lurhmann or Quentin Tarantino, and Medi’s flamenco album Semillas which is very conducive for storytelling, just made it’s soundtrack debut where it is lusciously perfect for aRnebinecccreadSicbolettf,iwlmhitchhathIascoju-ssttabreeednina,cTcehpetePdairntytobiyts first film festival.” “frMomedtih: Iet’hs eaanrtoaringdinaafllsaomnigntghoaftewelewciot-hwarohtoeu, site’sbeat and inspired by our love.” “wDeuesxtpiner:iHenecaerdtboenatfiisnaalblyoufitntdhienpgrtohfeouringdhteflofevcet. that I think true love challenges you to fulfil your potential. As it does in our case this is why I started dancing to Medi’s music and I’m very grateful to celebrity designer, Sue Wong who has a genius artist curator ear and eye, she had us open for her runway show. Medi encouraged me to write lyrics and sing, which I did on this song–true love helped me discover my voice, both literary and literally.” You dance magnificently in it. “oDf BuesltliynD: Iadnicdeaqufuasliitoynaolfitdtlieffberitenotf dances a little bit Hip Shaky, Ballet and Flamenco. I was inspired by love to bring out my emotion and expressive love for each other.” When did your lucky break come? o“Df autstthine:tWimiethfomr othree competition than role, I was cast as I was aware the only actor in Slash’s music video, Universal Studios and iYtohua’sreovaeLri4e.mWilelisohnovt iietwats. Between Slash, Rob Zombie, and now Medi Em–I can say my boss’s rock.” Who inspires you today? wDiusset,i2n1: Medi does, Pilot’s song okay, other than him music made for Suicide Squad really moves me When Medi and I started dating, we were feeling Lourde’s hits, and marvelled at Adel. Medi is an excellent hunter be it of a forgotten 80’s song to an unknown artist today, so he is the resident DJ of our house.” Tell us about your acting and modelling. “SI(n2Da0dlue1emsp4t)ei,nnaC:dnaIednnanBctetoFesuidlFnmiidnlmCtfoihFlmaVensetnRnievoglabealatZnnSoocummenipbdniiacaenkt’sece,dedL), ,ouTTrphdVebsyUNotfsChueIaSl, IBalomodveRryelgartaivteefsu, lTthoemWodBe, lCfoormseodmyeCoefntthraelb, aenstd designers in the world. Most recently I walked at Madison Square Garden for Commatteo during New York Fashion Week, am returning to NYFW for David Tupaz in September, and this month was the finale model for Isla Aditi at LA Swim Week held at the Skirball Cultural Centre.” What are some of the things it takes to succeed in your Industry? “loDt uosftpinra:cHtiecaer.”t, original talent, discipline, and whole Where did you get your fashion styling from for your video? “faDruasntdind:eIehpaMveeadni appreciation kindly teases of fashion me that I’ that goes have set up my closet like a boutique, not to mention friends who happen to be brilliant artists, so we joyfully did all the styling.” 7


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azine What impact do you think fashion combined with music has on today’s culture? i“tD’s uasstpinec: tFaacsuhliaornwaanydtomcuoslilcabhoarvaetealtwhaeyvsisduaatel dw,iathnd aural in the expression of a feeling that Medi and I utilize fashion to help communicate the story in our videos.” In music, what would you like to see more of? “Dustin: Less ego, more soul.” What do you feel you bring to the Industry that’s unique? “wDe’uresttiwno: Breebyeolnsdwbitehinagcaauhsues.bWanedbaenlidevweifiendlouvoe,, beauty, art, cheer for the underdog, and work diligently but also know how to dance and have a good time.” What are the plans for the future? m“Manedyis:oInhgasvtehcaot mhapvoesed not been released yet. Gradually I would like to release all my material, especially with Dustin’s collaboration.” S“Dhouwstcinom: Iihnagvoeuat TV called Blood Relatives and it will be on the Investigative Discovery Channel and starting another film underwater.” Do you have any advice for someone who is looking to start in the music world? W“Myendtoi;nJaMzzargsraelaist,said that every musician needs a shedding period, a period when you figuratively lock yourself up in a shed and practice days on end for years!” The video showing was well received. Is there anything you would have done to change the night? a“Dn uinsctirned: iibt lweatsursnuochut, between the Oscar winning producers who said great things about the video, to top designers and models, to film and TV celebrities, it was a magical night, but it was so busy that we did not get a chance to even say hello to everyone that showed up for us.” You had an incredible amount of support; do you have anything to say to your friends and fans? “Dustin: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” “pMreemdiie:rWe aenrdeaclelyleabpraptriencgiawteityhouusa. tItfewndeiwngertehaeble to find love in LA, there’s hope for everyone looking for the right one.” Watch YouTube Medi Em - Heartbeat Dustin Quick CVH1st Class wish these Beautiful Soul Mates every continued success. lcasvs 1st C © Gary Verholtz 8


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Towards the Partnership of Trust by Dr Amir Hannan Dr Amir Hannan is a full-time General Practitioner (Family medicine) in the UK. You can see his practicebased web portal wwCwh.ahitrmmca.ncoo.fuk the Association of Greater Manchester Local Medical Committees and the Chairman of the World Health Innovation Summit. You can follow him on Twitter @amirhannan The clinician is an expert Patients trust their doctors more than anybody else in society. Why? Because in your moment of need, when your bodily function is not working as it should or something troubles you, you go and visit your doctor to find out more. You expect your doctor to be highly trained, to have excellent communication skills and the ability to take a good history, examination, come up with a “differential diagnosis” (what may be the problem) and a plan of action with different investigations and treatments. The patient/carer is an expert too The patient is an expert too! That sounds strange, doesn’t it? How can that be? Why? Simple, because as a patient you have your own knowledge and experience of your own bodily function, what is troubling you, what you have tried, where you have been, what has worked and not worked, your likes, your dislikes, what you are prepared to do, what ideas, concerns and expectations you have. It is not just about you either. You also have knowledge about your family, your carers if you have any and your home life and work life too. The computer system has its own expertise Here in the UK and in many other parts of the world too, I have an electronic health record that I use. When I type a patient’s name into the computer such as yours, up comes your “problems” list highlighting what conditions you may have, what medications you are on, your allergies, previous consultations you have had with me and also with my colleagues – other doctors, nurses and now even a pharmacist that we have employed. There are blood tests and results of scans and other investigations too. There are letters from other specialists and hospitals you may have visited. The computer system helps the doctor to know key information about the patient. If I am not sure about how to manage a problem, I may go to trusted websites eg Clinical Knowledge Summaries (here in the UK) that can help to understand how to manage a condition better and what the best evidence is from around the world. I can book you directly into hospital appointments with the specialist by searching through a variety of different hospitals or allow you to do so later. The Partnership of Trust Patients trust the doctor to offer the best medicine can offer today. Increasingly we are becoming part of a clinical team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others too. However we as clinicians also need to trust our patients to tell us as much about yourselves as you can. Traditionally the computer system was produced for the clinicians and staff. Imagine if we turn the computer screen around so that as a patient or carer (with appropriate consent), you see the same information responsibly as the clinician does too? This enhances your understanding of your own healthcare needs because you now know what is going on. You don’t have to try to remember everything because you can read it just as easily as your clinician. If you can also see trusted websites as well that can help you to know how care is organised locally to you and what the best evidence is for managing certain problems then even better. When the patient and the clinician can access the same or similar information from the computer system, we move towards the Partnership of Trust. In the next article, I will talk about what #empowerlution is all about. 9


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Legendary Actor Aki Aleong Exclusive by Stanley Goodrich Stanley Goodrich lives in Laguna, Niguel, California. Public Relations Manager | SYSPRO - United States. One of the first to introduce software producers to introduce Enterprise Resource Planning software. As well as Co- host of ‘Eye On Entertainment’ TV, shown on the Time Warner Channel. 10 Aki Aleong entered the world on December 19, 1934, in Port of Spain, Trinidad. “International Citizen of the World,” has to be the best descriptive of Aki. His father, Henry Leong (Aleong), was a cook from Hong Kong, while his mother, Agnes Vera Gonsalves, hailed from St. Vincent, British West Indies. Originally, Aki was called “Ahsing Aleong” by his father, and Leonard Gonzales by his mother. As a youth, Aki attended Progressive Education Institute in Trinidad. However, after moving to Brooklyn, New York, with his mother in 1949, Aki graduated from Boys’ High School; In1951 he started taking classes at Brooklyn College while working in a hardware store. Aki’s distinguished career has spanned more than 60 years as an actor, singer, writer, producer, and activist. However, when one mentions martial arts and action film stars, the name “Aki” typically follows. Although he is a heroic rights activist in real life, Aki has often played villains. In “Braddock: Missing in Action III” (1988), Chuck Norris is Braddock, whose wife and son are captured by soldiers of the sadistic Vietnamese General Quoc, played by, you guessed it, Aki. Quoc kills Braddock’s wife on the spot, and tortures Braddock and his son until he meets his own death at the end of the film. In Chuck Norris’ “Walker, Texas Ranger,” Aki plays Yoshi Sakaii, a powerful member of the Yakuza in the episode titled, “A Shadow in the Night” (1993). Aki stars as the trainer Khao in “The Quest,” (1996,) working with illustrious co-stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Roger Moore. In the film, Van Damme competes in the fabled Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts to win the prized Golden Dragon. Aki again stars with Van Damme in the actionpacked “Pound of Flesh” (2015), which is now available on Amazon. Aki plays Kwai Chang in The First Temple episode of “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues,” which stars David Carradine and features Sandra Oh. He and Bruce Lee were finalists for the role of Kato in the 1967 series, “The Green Hornet,” with the role finally going to Lee. However, Aki did go on to play Principal Elder in “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story” (1993.) He also stars with “Don the Dragon Wilson” in the martial arts films “Out for Blood” (1992) and “X-treme Fighter” (1980). Aki’s numerous memorable roles include Senator Hidoshi in the first season of “Babylon 5;” Mr. Chiang in the weekly series of “V: The Series;” the Dalai Lama in “Superhero Movie” (2008); and the character of Colonel Mitamura in “Farewell to the King” with Nick Nolte. Aki made his Broadway debut with a starring role in “Teahouse of the August Moon.” All in all, Aki went on to star in more than 50 movies and 150 television shows. He has worked with Academy Award-winners Frank Sinatra Jr., Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Joanne Woodward, Steve McQueen, Ben Kingsley, John Mills, Ernest Borgnine, Jennifer Connelly and Martin Landau. Aki has worked with directors William Wyler {3 time Oscar winner}, John Sturges and Martin Ritt. Aki’s career also includes working with prominent writer/directors, including John Milius, Lionel Chetwynd, Philip Yordan, Mark Rydell and Nobel Peace


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Prize Winner Pearl S. Buck. Aki also boasts extensive experience as a record executive producer/artist. He was Chairman of FORE (Fraternity of Recording Executives), an organization dedicated to bringing Executives of Color into the Music Industry. His other affiliations include President of Pan World Records and Golden Dragon Publishing companies. He was the National Director of Black Promotion for Polydor/Polygram Records and also worked with Liberty/UA Records and Capitol Records. He has also produced records for Columbia Records, Capitol, Liberty/UA, Artista and other prominent labels. Aki is the first Asian American to have a Top 100 record, which he wrote and co-produced, on the National Charts in the USA. Aki has served on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild; appointed National Chair of SAG’S EEOC and was a member of the President’s Diversity/Affirmative Action Task Force. He has also been Executive Director of AIM (Asians in Media), Vice President of The Media Coalition of Los Angeles and President of MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian-Americans). Among Aki’s numerous awards is an Honorary Doctorate from New Dimensions University in 2013. On May 20, 2017; Aki was inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala in Fullerton, CA. The USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame was founded by Grandmaster Jim Thomas, Ph.D./D.Sc./Ma.Dsc, in 1976. Aki also received the Living Legend Award at the 2016 Universal Multicultural Film Festival, founded by Ling Tang. There is no pause in Aki’s skyrocketing career. Today, Aki is the President and CEO of Mustard Seed Media Group (http://www.mustardseedmediagroup) and the Senior Advisor to Ace Studios in Hong Kong. Filmmaker Dustin Ferguson announced in July 2017 that Aki will produce and star in “Nemesis 5: The New Model.” Aki will be playing the leader of the Red Army Hammerheads and Dawna Lee Heising will be playing the Evil Assassin protector of Aki – and also his daughter. Legendary filmmaker Albert Pyun has co-written, produced and directed four Nemesis films. The original Nemesis was filmed in 1992. The film is an international classic with a huge following and starred Olivier Gruner, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brion James, Deborah Shelton and Tim Thomerson.[ Pyun followed up with “Nemesis 2: Nebula”; “Nemesis 3: Time Lapse”; “Nemesis 4: Death Angel.” The above films all starred actress and bodybuilder Sue Price. “Nemesis 5: The New Model” will be the final Nemesis film and will again star Price as the mother of the New Model Schuylar Craig. “Nemesis 5: The New Model” is written by Mike Reeb and will be directed by Dustin Ferguson. It will be executive produced by Albert Pyun and produced by Aki Aleong, Jason Bracht, John R. Walker, Zach Muhs and Mark Popejoy. CVH 1st Class respectively wish Aki Aleong every continued success 13


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Meeting Richard Sosa by Jody Du Priest Jody is a renowned Hairstylist and Make Up Artists from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a Celebrity Stylist and one of the greatest, unique, and creative artists of our time. He is highly respected by many of the International Producers & Directors. What makes Jody special, besides his extraordinary skills, is his warm infectious personality and his high regard for all who work professionally on a shoot with him. It is my great pleasure to introduce you to one of Florida’s great Actor’s and a Producer, Richard Sosa. We arranged to meet at the grand elegant Riverside Hotel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and we bumped into the very beautiful Model and actress Martha Escobar. Richard has for two decades of theatre experience as an actor under his belt. He then spent another seven years studying Film/Television technique at the University Centre for the Performing Arts & The Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre. It was indeed a privilege to chat with him. I have discovered as well as being a highly professional skilled gentleman he has a down to earth, jolly personality. Richard was born in New York City, since the age of 5 years old he knew he wanted to be an actor. He is familiar with various acting methods, which he uses in his acting technique and in the teen and adult classes he has taught at the various locations in Broward County and has taught acting workshops in several cities throughout Florida as well as New York and Puerto Rico. Richard has taught alongside such actors as Adrian R’Mante, Jullian Murray, Tyler Steelman, Jonathan Goldstein, Matt Timmons and many others. He has taught the Monologue workshop for The Hollywood Across America event in Ft Lauderdale and has been a speaker at a convention for filmmakers. He enjoys working on both sides of the camera. He has been sought out as a Set Coach and a consultant for several independent Films and TV projects that are shooting in South Florida and is currently Co- Producing a 10 Episode Comedic web series. Richard is very involved in the local film community; he has been interviewed on both television and radio for his work as an advocate for the film industry in South Florida. Martha Escobar Very proud to introduce the lovely talented Martha Escobar Actress and Model, she is the President at GMIIII Accounting Services Inc. and was educated in Everest University. Her beauty and brains are a great combination that shines out. Martha is a real lady and a strong humanitarian, her caring nature always helps others, and her sweet personality is endearing. An event organiser, she is multi tasked. As a Dancer she enjoys samba, salsa, bachata, hip pop and won a salsa contest first place. Her hobbies are sports and other activities she likes are bowling, running, long-boarding, tennis, volleyball, soccer, shoot gun and rifle. All her many talents help make her the good actress and I can just see her acting in Westerns and Sci-Fi Movies as well as TV Dramas as her skills and professionalism speaks volumes. Costa Rica native descendant, Italian - Chinese. She is proud to be from Costa Rica she loves her country it is little but big in heart. She loves working in Florida and is happy wherever she is and extremely an advocate of new films and documentaries made about real people and says there is so much talent in the film industry as everyone works so hard she is delighted to be an actress and a fashion model. 14


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