Poppin and Pencils of Promise Release New PSA Featuring Platinum Recording Artist Jordin Sparks

New York, New York (PRWEB) April 09, 2013

Poppin, an innovative online retailer selling colorful work-lifestyle essentials, has partnered with non-profit Pencils of Promise to build four schools in developing countries in 2013. After successfully building their first in Guatemala earlier this year through Justin Biebers Schools4All initiative, Poppin and Pencils of Promise announce a new collaboration with Grammy-nominated recording artist Jordin Sparks for a social media campaign encouraging people to help build the next school by liking Facebook.com/Poppin.

In the video released today on Sparks Facebook and Twitter pages, the singer rallies her nearly 5 million fans and followers to participate. For each new like on Poppins Facebook page, an additional $ 1 will be donated toward building a school. It takes 25,000 likes to build one school.

I am excited to partner with Pencils of Promise and Poppin to bring access to education to kids who wouldnt have it otherwise, says the season six American Idol winner Sparks. One simple like on Facebook can bring us closer to building a school!

Learn Happy

Poppin was founded with the unique mission to help people everywhere work happy and is extending this philosophy to children whom they believe should have the opportunity to learn happy. From day one, it has been of the utmost importance to us to build a philanthropic component into Poppins DNA, and we quickly found the perfect partner in Pencils of Promise, explains CEO Randy Nicolau.

There’s such a natural connection between Poppin’s office, dorm and classroom supplies, and our work educating children around the world, says Pencils of Promise Founder Adam Braun. Poppin represents the type of philanthropic mindset that we believe people deeply value.

Customers and fans that have contributed through a purchase or a Facebook like can follow the progress of each school build, from watching construction break ground to meeting the students who will fill the classrooms. The activity will be chronicled on Poppins Learn Happy Facebook tab.

In addition to donating $ 1 per like, Poppin will be giving away five prize packs, each of which includes a Medium Soft Cover notebook autographed by Sparks. Enter to win by following the instructions on Poppins Facebook page. The contest will be live through Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

For more information, visit poppin.com/philanthropy, Facebook.com/poppin, and PencilsofPromise.org.

About Poppin:

Poppin, Inc, is an innovative online retailer offering a distinctive collection of chic yet affordable workstyle products and an engaging shopping experience. Established with the unique mission to provide people with everything they need to work happy, Poppin intends to become the first company that makes buying, using, looking at, and thinking about office products an extraordinary experience. The company is privately held and financed by J. Christopher Burch, Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital and a group of angel investors.

About Pencils of Promise:

Pencils of Promise (PoP) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing access to quality education by creating schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all. Started with $ 25, PoP has broken ground on over 100 schools throughout Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Ghana.


Scandal’s Jeff Perry Gives Insight to Who is the Mole, Compares Shonda Rhimes to Shakespeare and dispells Filming Rumors in an Interview on AfterBuzz TV

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 09, 2013

(afterbuzztv.com)– Scandal’s Jeff Perry made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV’s Scandal aftershow Thursday night. In his appearance, Perry compares Shonda Rhimes to Shakespeare, give insight into the rest of the season, dispels rumors about filming and discusses his relationship with the cast.

Jeff Perry ON HIS FAVORITE Cyrus Moment

Perry says, To pick one is impossible, so Ill pick another one. Fitz has left and Mellie is talking to James and Im very nervous about Mellie alone in the White House with the cat gone. And I said ‘Mellie, all roads lead to Fitz. You do not talk to FitzI mean you do not talk to journalists when Fitz is gone.’ And Im lecturing her and she says I dont know what youre saying. And I say well no, you do know what Im saying because youre a terrifying political animal who would chew her own foot off it meant she would get ahead. A trait I respect. And I go on. And before Defiance has come outbefore Liv feels that Fitz has guessed about it months and months before it in story time, you know she says and another thing that Hollis is a despicable human being and Im not gonna deal with him and if Defiance ever comes up. And I kinda lay her out. Shonda gives me lines that just lay Mellie out. ‘You may be a terrifying political animal, but I am a monster.’ I love that one.

Jeff Perry ON how little notice the Scandal cast getS regarding storylines

Perry says, We call these writers professional surprisers. Because they will take you with confidence down one path, and then theyll be pulling something else, you know. So people have been wondering is Cyrus the moleis Mellie the mole. And honestly, we dont know. Because sometimes you guys, were merely 3-5 days ahead of the world with story. For instance, I found out my character was gay about 3 days before I shot it. And so yea, we dont know. Shonda knows probably, but shes not telling.

Jeff Perry ON rumors that the Scandal cast is currently taping the season finale.

[The rumors are] not true. Were shooting episode 20 out of 22 right now, says Perry.

Jeff Perry ON CYRUS BEING misunderstood

Perry says, I dont think Cyrus spends too much time worrying about what people think or if hes misunderstood. But I definitely think he is a soldier for a cause.

Jeff Perry ON PLAYING a gay man AND raising an African American child

Perry says, [The character] is great, its a blessing. I mean, Shonda writes such truthful dichotomy and complication in these people. A fair amount of popular TV writing kind of goes for the easy, one-dimensional, here this is this person in this box. And this is the person in this box so you can all feel comfortable about what theyre gonna do every time, thats who they are. Shonda keeps letting these people breathe and to have complication, and to have contradiction. For actors, man its great.

Jeff Perry ON Fitzs encounter with Olivia in hospital.

Perry says, I thought he was not being romantic sexual. I thought he was being this scared me. Im scared that youre hurt.


Perry says, I love it…I never thought I would feel again in my life, the level of trust, respect, challenge, gorgeous sort of artistic soil and camaraderie that I felt in my youth with John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Laurie Metcalf, John Mahoney, Tom Irwin, Joan Allen, etc. All the people who helped start our theater, which went from 9 people back in 1976 to 42 members now. Ive just always loved that about our art. So, Im loving [Scandal].


Perry says, I never expected the breadth and one of the greatest writers of our generation, coming into a new chapter for her, Shonda Rhimes. We knew what she could do with Greys Anatomy. It was, it is, damn impressive. But then to take on a whole new genre of political thriller and cliffhanger, 10 years after Greys Anatomy started and then to have all of the rhetorical skill, gorgeous, practically biblical, Greek, Shakespearean kind of skill in the writing? It reminds me of what Mark Twain or Charles Dickens were capable of, and Shakespeare, because they were populists. And they could make you want to sit on the edge of your seat. Shonda is doing that on network TV. What shes doing on network TV I think is remarkable.


Perry says, I can tell you that theres some amazing, gorgeous delving into Huck and Hucks past and of Hucks need for family. A lot of stuff gets explored there in this next episode.


Perry says, We hang out at each others houses a bit and well watch an episode together. Sometimes a couple of days before and we kind of figure out some of our tweeting, and mostly just because we love to hang out. I tell people this cast is like an 11-year-old girls sleepover. We gush so damn much, but I just adore this group.

Links to Glen Mazzara’s full appearance can be found on YouTube and iTunes.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-_ECUHFN-Y

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/scandal-afterbuzz-tv-aftershow/id519376909?mt=2&uo=4

AfterBuzz TV’s Scandal aftershow, hosted by Emile Ennis Jr., Bamm Ericsen, Sofia Stanley and Kennelia Stradwick, airs live Thursday nights at 11pm Pacific and is available for download the next day on iTunes and YouTube. The Scandal aftershow is a weekly wrap up show that broadcasts worldwide from Los Angeles, CA as part of Extra’s Maria Menounos and filmmaker Keven Undergaro’s online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV. AfterBuzz is dedicated to producing daily post-game wrap-up shows for fans’ favorite TV shows, covering shows like Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, Once Upon A Time, House of Cards and countless others. Currently, AfterBuzz TV receives over 20 million weekly downloads on iTunes from over 75 countries. For further information about the network, visit afterbuzztv.com

First-Ever Cabo Comedy Festival Scheduled for October 2-6, 2013

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2013

There will be plenty of fun and laughter in Los Cabos, B.C.S., October 2-6, 2013 when the Cabo Comedy Festival, with the slogan “Where the Land Ends And The Laughs Begin,” launches at the popular Mexican beach destination.

Supported by the Mexico Tourism Board, the Los Cabos Tourism Board and the state of Baja California Sur, the 5-day event will be produced by LA-based the Zaring Group, and feature performances by some of the entertainment industry’s top stand-up headliners along with a best new comic competition comprised of opening act-level performers. The festival will also include panel discussions on the business of comedy with writers, producers & cast members from some of television’s top comedies, celebrity golf and poker tournaments, both of which will benefit DIF, a local children’s charity, and after-parties at some of Cabo’s most popular nightclubs. The festival will culminate with an awards presentation and celebrity roast.

Heather McDonald, Niecy Nash, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Dye, Dana Eagle, Rick Najera, Paula Poundstone, Carol Leifer, Cathy Ladman, John Mendoza, Paul Provenza, Sherri Shepherd, Greg Hahn, Craig Shoemaker and Mark Eddie are just some of the performers expected to head south of the border for the festival. And Robert Townsend will make his return to stand-up in Cabo!

“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” performer and sketch writer Seth Herzog will host a special performance of his critically acclaimed weekly NYC-based alt-comedy show “Sweet,” which counts among its alumni a ‘Who’s Who’ of comedy royalty, including Zach Galifianakis, Paul Rudd, Whitney Cummings, Justin Long and Janeane Garofalo. Other special sets include the Las Vegas based ‘Icons of Comedy,’ whose revolving list of performers has included Andrew “Dice” Clay, Bobby Slayton, Hal Sparks, Gilbert Gottfriend and Elayne Boosler, and a slate of comics from the popular Manhattan comedy club The Stand, including Yannis Pappas, Sherrod Small (VH1 “Best Week Ever”), Joe DeRosa, Nikki Glaser, Big Jay Oakerson and Ari Shaffir.

Top comedy podcasters will record shows in front of their fans, who will be encouraged to travel to Cabo for the events, where festival guests will experience first class hospitality at several beachfront resorts including Casa Dorada Resort & Spa, Cabo Villas Resort, Wyndam Tesoro, Villa del Arco, Villa del Palmar, Cabo Lifestyle Villas, and Bahia Hotel, among others. Shows will take place in various venues throughout Cabo San Lucas including the Hard Rock Caf

The Voice’s Katrina Parker Talks About How She Thinks Her Former Coach, Adam Levine, Will Fair this Season in an Interview on AfterBuzz TV

(PRWEB) April 10, 2013

The Voice’s season 2 contestant, Katrina Parker made an appearance on AfterBuzz TV’s The Voice aftershow Monday night. In her appearance, Parker talks about her former coach, Adam Levine, Shakira as a new judge and how Kickstarter helped her fund her new album.

On Shakira as a judge:

Parker says, “[Shakira] is so well spoken and clearly very smart and savvy – I don’t know how that’s gonna translate into coaching till I see it – but so far she’s won me over.”

On Adam Levine as a coach:

Parker says, “[Adam Levine] opened his heart to what I was doing, and that meant everything.”

Katrina on Her New Kickstarter Funded Album:

Parker says, “I actually am about to do an album, I’m working on something now that’s fan funded. I did it through Kickstarter, we exceeded our goal and so something should be out probably in August.

Katrina on Reality Television Fans:

Parker says, With reality shows it’s really hard to tell if you have fans that are in it for the long run, or if you just have people that kind of love the show and then when the show’s over and you’re not on their TV anymore they kind of just drift away. I think I did have some of that, but I also had some really strong fans.”

On Her Biggest Influence for Her Upcoming Album:

Parker says, “I mean musically, I think it’s always going to be Billie Holiday, you probably won’t hear it when you listen to the record cause it’s a lot sassier than a lot of her music. As a singer she just influences me so much and she still does and a lot of it is a little more raw than you would expect, less smooth maybe than some of the stuff I’ve done on the show.’

On her celeb buzz blogging endeavors:

Parker says, I love to talk, I love to tweet, I love to Facebook but I didn’t know if I’d be good at anything more than 140 characters so [the blog] is new to me but so far so good.

Links to Katrina Parker’s full appearance can be found on YouTube and iTunes:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIvic2pMDgo&list=PLF4F145957658B37E&index=1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/voice-afterbuzz-tv-aftershow/id434703649?mt=2&uo=4

AfterBuzz TV’s The Voice aftershow, hosted by Jason Ikeler, Josh Tariff, Chloe West and Michelle Macedo, airs live Monday nights at 10pm Pacific and is available for download the next day on iTunes and YouTube. The Voice aftershow is a weekly wrap up show that broadcasts worldwide from Los Angeles, CA as part of Extra’s Maria Menounos and filmmaker Keven Undergaro’s online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV. AfterBuzz is dedicated to producing daily post-game wrap-up shows for fans’ favorite TV shows, covering shows like Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, Once Upon A Time, House of Cards and countless others. Currently, AfterBuzz TV receives over 20 million weekly downloads on iTunes from over 75 countries. For further information about the network, visit afterbuzztv.com.

Honda Civic Tour 2013 Featuring Maroon 5 & Kelly Clarkson Tickets On Sale Now At TicketsTeam.com

Saint Louis, MO (PRWEB) April 12, 2013

Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson & Rozzi Crane will join together in Honda Civic Tour 2013. It is considered to be the most massive and the largest music concert that would ever happen in the history of music. The tickets of this big event are easily available from TicketsTeam.com. The show will take place in some of the major cities and so every person will get the opportunity to join the concert and move their hips with the song. The infectious whistle that has gone viral Moves like Jagger will definitely be the catchiest tunes in the Honda Civic Tour.

These upcoming shows have attracted millions of people and they are showing their interest by making calls about acquiring information about the availability of the tickets and the price of each ticket. TicketsTeam.com has taken the initiative of offering the ticket at the best price possible and also expects that this aggressive attitude of the public will soon lead to complete sold out of the tickets in record time.

Grammy award winning artists will be performing together in a single stage which is quite interesting for the public. The Honda Civic Tour has begun in 2001 and the event has presented numerous artists in the past. It is the second time that Maroon 5 will be performing in the Honda Civic Tour. The supporting artist for this year will be Rozzi Crane, Tony Lucca and PJ Morgan. The Civic Tour will first make its appearance on 1st August in St. Louis, MO and will continue to perform in all the major cities.

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson concert tickets are conveniently available at TicketsTeam.com. They will also be performing in Pittsburg on 6th August, Chicago 25th August, and Cleveland on 26th August and Tampa on September 13. The show will continue for 32 dates all across the US and it will conclude on 5th October in San Diego. Kelly Clarkson is a popular American pop singer and occasional actress. She has won the fame and has become the winner of American Idol in 2002.

TicketsTeam.com is the best source through which the public can get the ticket of the most popular events and shows. The tickets are fast getting sold and so it is the final chance for the public if they are interested then they should book the show now and enjoy the concert. Maroon 5 will act as the headliner of the tour and soon will be joined by the special guest Kelly Clarkson.

America Idolizes The Voice According to Shindigz National Online Poll

South Whitley, IN (PRWEB) April 12, 2013

Since the early days of television, with shows like The Original Amateur Hour which migrated from radio to TV in 1948, Americans have loved watching amateur musical talent from the comfort of home. But it was over 50 years later before the genre became a hit. American Idol debuted during the summer of 2002 and gave television audiences the first opportunity to vote for their favorite artists each week.

American Idol kicked off a national craze that inspired many local communities to host their own vocal competition parties, observed Keith Bansemer, Director of Internet Marketing at Shindigz. Weve seen a growth in sales of music themed decorations each year since Idol debuted.

Over the past decade, several shows have challenged American Idols dominance, including Americas Got Talent, X Factor, and now The Voice. Television producers never disclose exactly how many total votes their shows receive, but millions of viewers are believed to participate each week. Recently, TV ratings have given The Voice a slight edge in total viewership to take the show to the top.

Shindigz, a leading seller of party supplies, conducted a nationwide online poll to see if American Idol has lost its luster and the results were conclusive. The Voice captured 62.5 % of the votes, compared to 17.5% for American Idol when voters were asked, Whats your favorite music reality show? The remaining votes were divided between Americas Got Talent and X-Factor, which are both on hiatus this season.

About Shindigz

Shindigz makes life more fun for 23 million events through the manufacture and sale of unique and personalized party supplies. It ships products from its facilities in South Whitley, Indiana across the United States and around the world to 59 countries. With more than 34,000 products and 25,000 personalized items, Shindigz has provided customers with complete party solutions since 1926.