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Who is Max Azria?

Who is Max Azria? The entertainment and fashion world knows Max Azria as a French fashion designer of Tunisian descent who founded the contemporary women’s clothing brand BCBGMAXAZRIA. Azria is also the designer, chairman and CEO[1] of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, a global fashion house that encompasses over 20 brands.[2] He is based in Los Angeles.


Max Azria was born January 1, 1949  in Sfax, Tunisia,[3] as the youngest of 6 children. As a child, Max was educated in southeastern France before his family relocated to Paris, France, in 1963.


After 11 years of designing a line of women’s apparel in Paris, Azria moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1981[3] and launched Jess, a series of new-concept retail boutiques for women’s apparel.


In 1989, Azria launched BCBGMAXAZRIA,[1] named for the French phrase “bon chic, bon genre,” a Parisian slang meaning “good style, good attitude”.[1] Azria was credited for offering designer fashion at affordable price points and, as a result, was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1998.[4] The BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway collection was first presented at New York Fashion Week in 1996.[5]

Azria also maintains two eponymous designer collections, Max Azria Atelier and Max Azria. Launched in February 2004, Max Azria Atelier[1] is a collection of couture gowns created for celebrity clients and red-carpet events. Sharon Stone,[6] Halle Berry,[7] Fergie[8] and Alicia Keys[8] have worn the label on the red carpet. In February 2006, Azria debuted Max Azria, a ready-to-wear collection with a directional aesthetic, on the runway at New York Fashion Week.[9] During the 2009 awards season, Angelina Jolie wore Max Azria to the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards[10] and the 2009 Critics Choice Awards.[11]
Azria acquired the Hervé Léger fashion house in 1998,[4] marking the first time in history that an American designer had acquired a French couturier.[12] In early 2007, Azria relaunched the Hervé Léger label with his own designs, which were quickly embraced by celebrities and trendsetters worldwide.[4] Beyoncé Knowles,[13] Jennifer Lopez,[14] Catherine Zeta-Jones[15] and Kate Winslet[15] are among the celebrities who have worn the label for red carpet events.
In Fall 2008, Max Azria presented BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway, Max Azria and Hervé Léger by Max Azria at New York Fashion Week, marking the first time an American designer produced three major fashion shows during one New York Fashion Week.[16]
Azria launched a young contemporary collection called BCBGeneration in 2008.[17] In June 2009, Azria teamed up with Miley Cyrus to create a line for Walmart called Miley Cyrus & Max Azria.[2] Azria also designed clothing for Cyrus’ 2009 American tour.


hover textBCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP is a global fashion house with a portfolio including more than 20 brands.[2] Max Azria is the CEO, chairman and head designer alongside his wife, Lubov Azria, who acts as chief creative officer.[1]
There are currently over 550 BCBGMAXAZRIA boutiques worldwide, including locations in London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong.[1] Azria’s collections are also sold in specialty stores and major department stores across the globe, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, the UK’s Harvey Nichols, Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford, Taiwan’s Mitsukoshi and Singapore’s Takashimaya stores.[1]
BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP campaigns regularly feature notable models, including Eva Herzigova,[18] Karen Elson[19] and Jessica Stam.[20] The company frequently works with internationally renowned photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier,[18] Paolo Roversi and David Sims.[21] BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP clothing are frequently featured in major fashion publications such as Vogue, InStyle and Vanity Fair.[22] As well as online sites such as Style.com and iFashion Network

Awards and honors

Azria has received many awards throughout his career, including the California Designer of the Year (1995), Atlanta Designer of the Year (1996), The Fashion Performance Award (1997), The Otis Fashion Achievement Award (2000), Hollywood Life’s Breakthrough Award (2004) and The Dallas Fashion Award (2005). Azria also received the Wells Fargo Century Fashion Achievement Award at the 2007 L.A. Fashion Awards[23] and the 2008 Fashion Excellence Award at the 33rd Annual Dallas Fashion Awards.[24] He received the latter in recognition of the successful relaunch of his Hervé Léger brand.

Personal life

Max Azria is married to Lubov Azria, chief creative officer for BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP.[25] He has six children, including Joyce Azria, who was named creative director of BCBGeneration in 2009.[26] He and his family currently reside in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California.[27]


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Who is Brittany Nicole Carpenter?

Who is Brittany Nicole Carpenter? [1][2] The entertainment and rap world knows her as Diamond. Diamond  is an American rapper and former member of the group Crime Mob.[3]


Early life

Brittany Nicole Carpenter was born May 20, 1988 in Atlanta, Georgia.[2]

Crime Mob, 2004–2007

Crime Mob first garnered national attention in 2004 with their single “Knuck If You Buck“,[2] which was eventually certified Platinum.[4] They released their debut album, Crime Mob later that summer. Their next charting single, “Rock Yo Hips“, was released in August 2006 and was followed by a second album, Hated on Mostly, in March 2007.

Solo career, 2008–present

In November 2007, Diamond left Crime Mob to pursue a solo career. She was conflicted about going solo, feeling bad and feeling like she betrayed the group. She states:

I feel like it’s the best decision to make because the choices and opportunities that was presented in front of me the whole time while I was in the group, I’m able to take that now and not feel bad about it or not feel like I’m being disloyal to the group.

She released a number of mixtapes Bitch Muzik Vol. 1, Bitch Muzik Vol. 2, P.M.S (Pardon My Swag) etc.
In 2010, Diamond appeared on the remix version of “My Chick Bad“, a Ludacris single, along with Trina and Eve. 2010 summer saw the release of her debut single Lotta Money which managed to gain some attention on BET’s 106 & Park. The video features Gucci Mane who is otherwise not featured in the song. Diamond recently released a song called “Red Lipstick”, which is rumored to be her official second single.


Rappers Scrappy and Diamond were engaged to be married! Word is Scrappy surprised Diamond recently with a marriage proposal and Diamond happily accepted. Diamond, has moved on to another southern rapper by the name of Soulja Boy. Now Lil Scrappy’s out in the cold.
After a number of pictures of Soulja Boy and 
Diamond getting intimate together began surfacing on the Internet, the two rappers revealed that they were actually dating. Now, Diamond’s former beau Lil Scrappy weighs in on the news.



Superbad (Ft. Cee-Lo Green) (2009) (promo only)
My Chick Bad (remix) (ft. Ludacris) (2010)
Lotta Money (2010)


  • 2007: Bitch Music
  • 2008: Bitch Music Vol. 2: Ms. Boojhetto
  • 2009: P.M.S. (Pardon My Swag)
  • 2010: Bitch Music: Part Three
  • 2010: Cocaine Waitress


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Did you know that he is one of only four managers to be named Manager of the Year in both of baseball’s major leagues?

Did you know that Tony La Russa, Jr.  became the sixth manager in history to win pennants with both American and National League teams?

Did you know that in 2006 La Russa, Jr. became the first manager ever to win multiple pennants in both leagues and became one of only two managers to win the World Series in both leagues?

Did you know that La Russa With a 2,552–2,217–4 (.535) record as a manager (through Oct. 4, 2009), he is ranked third all-time for total number of Baseball All-time Managerial Wins list, trailing only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763).

Did you know that La Roussa is also second all-time for games managed (4,773), trailing only Mack who set the record at 7,755 (3,731–3,948–76),[1] passing McGraw at 4,769 (2,763–1,948-58), on October 1, 2009?

Did you know that he is one of only four managers to be named Manager of the Year in both of baseball’s major leagues?

Did you know that on August 22, 2007, La Russa. Jr. passed Bucky Harris to become the third-highest manager of all-time in total games managed in baseball history in his 4,409th game; behind only Mack and McGraw?

Did you know that with the retirement of longtime Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox after his last game on October 11, 2010, La Russa became the longest tenured manager in Major League Baseball?

Did you know that with the resignation of longtime NBA head coach Jerry Sloan from the Utah Jazz on February 10, 2011, La Russa also became the longest tenured bench boss among all the Big Four sports leagues?

Now if you didn’t know, now you know…

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Sona Aslanova, Azerbaijanian soprano died she was , 86.

Sona Aslanova  was a Soviet and Azerbaijanian soprano, Meritorious Artist of Azerbaijan Republic known for her historic performances of Azerbaijani, Russian, and international classical and folk vocal music repertoire  died she was , 86.

(4 October 1924 – 9 March 2011)


Sona Aslanova studied and then taught operatic singing at the Baku Conservatory. Among her professors was Sofia Lisenko-Golskaya, a student of Francesco Lamperti.[3]
She sang in numerous live and recorded broadcasts on the radio and appeared in many films both as a singer and as an actress. Among her most recognized roles is Nigar from Koroglu, Asya from |Arshin Mal Alan, and Asli from Asli and Kerem. All three operas were written by Uzeyir Hajibeyov, who also guided her as she began her operatic career.
Aslanova represented Azerbaijan on tours to Soviet republics and to a number of foreign countries. She worked side by side with such prominent Azerbaijani figures in the arts as the singers Bulbul and Rashid Behbudov. [1]


Awarded the titles of the Meritorious Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR in 1956 and the Order of the Badge of Honour in 1959.[1]


  • Doğma Xalqıma (Koroglu)(1954), film-opera, as Nigar video
  • Görüş (1955) as Firəngiz video
  • Bizim Küçə (1961)
  • Telefonçu Qız (1962), episodic role video
  • Əmək və Qızılgül (1962)
  • Arşın Mal Alan (1965), film-operetta, as voice of Asya video
  • Bizim Cəbiş Müəllim (1969), as Ana video
  • O Qızı Tapın (1970)
  • Gün Keçdi (1971)
  • Ömrün Səhifələri (1974), episodic role video
  • Bir az da Bahar Bayramı (1979)
  • İstintaq (1979)
  • Anlamaq İstəyirəm (1980)
  • Üzeyir Ömrü (1981)
  • Qəmbər Hüseynli (2007)

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David S. Broder, American journalist (The Washington Post), died from complications from diabetes he was , 81.

David Salzer Broder was an American journalist, writing for The Washington Post for over forty years.[1] He also was an author, television news show pundit, and university lecturer died from complications from diabetes he was , 81..
For more than half a century, Broder reported on every presidential campaign, beginning with the 1956 Eisenhower–Stevenson race.[1] Known as the “dean” of the Washington press corps, Broder made over 400 appearances on NBC‘s Meet the Press.
Upon Broder’s death in March 2011, President Barack Obama called him the “most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation.”[2][3]


(September 11, 1929 – March 9, 2011)

Early life and education

David Salzer Broder was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois,[4] the son of Albert “Doc” Broder, a dentist,[1] and Nina Salzer Broder.[5]
He earned a bachelors degree in liberal arts from the University of Chicago in 1947 and continued his studies there, receiving a master’s degree in political science in 1951. While at Chicago, he met fellow student Ann Creighton Collar, and they were married in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1951. They had four sons and seven grandchildren.[1]

Journalism career

Early years

He began working as a journalist while pursuing his masters degree, serving as editor of The Chicago Maroon[6] and later at the Hyde Park Herald.[7] He was drafted into the US Army in 1951, where he wrote for the newspaper U.S. Forces Austria (USFA) Sentinel, until he was discharged from the Army in 1953.
In 1953, Broder reported for the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, IL, covering Livingston and Woodford counties in the central part of the state. From there he moved to the Congressional Quarterly in Washington DC, in 1955, where he apprenticed under senior reporter Helen Monberg and got his first taste of covering Congressional politics. During his four-and-a-half years at CQ, Broder also worked at The New York Times as a freelance writer.
In 1960, Broder joined the Washington Star as a junior political writer covering the presidential election that year between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. During his five years at the Star, he was promoted to national political news reporter and was a weekly contributor to the paper’s op-ed page.
Broder left the Star for The New York Times in 1965, hired by well-known Times political reporter and columnist Tom Wicker to serve in its Washington bureau.

Washington Post columnist

After 18 months at The Times, Broder moved to The Washington Post, where he would remain for over forty years, beginning as a reporter and weekly op-ed contributor. Later, he was given a second weekly column. Broder’s columns were distributed initially through The Washington Post Wire Service and then later syndicated through The Washington Post Writers Group. His columns were carried by more than 300 newspapers for many years.
The longtime columnist was informally known as the “Dean” of the Washington press corps and the “unofficial chairman of the board” by national political writers.[8][9][10]
In May 2008, Broder accepted a buyout offer from The Washington Post Co., effective January 1, 2009,[11] but continued to write his twice-weekly Post column as a contract employee. In a letter to the publications that run his column, Broder said: “This change will allow me to focus entirely on the column, while freeing up the Post to use its budget for other news-section salaries and expenses.”[11]
In June 2008, Ken Silverstein, a columnist at Harper’s magazine alleged that Broder had accepted free accommodations and thousands of dollars in speaking fees from various business and healthcare groups, in one instance penning an opinion column supporting positions favored by one of the groups.[12] Deborah Howell, The Washington Post‘s ombudsman at the time, wrote that Broder’s acceptance of speaking fees appeared to be a violation of the paper’s policy on outside speeches, as was the fact that some of the groups that paid Broder also lobby Congress.[13] Howell pointed out that Broder said “he had cleared his speeches with Milton Coleman, deputy managing editor, or Tom Wilkinson, an assistant managing editor, but neither remembered him mentioning them.”

Pulitzer Prize

Broder won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1973 and was the recipient of numerous awards and academic honors before and after.

Meet the Press and other broadcast media

For many years Broder appeared on Washington Week, Meet the Press, and other network television news programs. It was announced at the close of the August 10, 2008 broadcast of Meet the Press that Broder was celebrating his 400th appearance on that program, on which he first appeared July 7, 1963. He appeared far more often than any other person, other than the program’s panelists. The next closest person to Broder was Bob Novak, who had appeared on Meet the Press fewer than 250 times.
Broder was a weekly guest on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio’s The Bob Edwards Show starting in October 2004. On the premiere broadcast, Broder was joined by CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite as the program’s first guests. Broder also contributed to The Bob Edwards Show as a political commentator.

Lecturer and author

In 2001, Broder became a lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism while continuing to write full-time at The Washington Post. He generally lectured one class a year on politics and the press, the class meeting at the newspaper. Merrill College Dean Thomas Kunkel described Broder as the nation’s “most respected political journalist” when he announced Broder’s hire. Broder has also lectured at Duke University (1987–1988).[15]
He is author or co-author of eight books:


Broder died of complications from diabetes on March 9, 2011 at the age of 81.[1][16]

Reception by peers

Broder was called “relentlessly centrist” by The New Yorker‘s political commentator Hendrik Hertzberg.[17] Frank Rich of The New York Times often described Broder as the nation’s “bloviator-in-chief”.[18]
He earned a mention in two books chronicling the media’s coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign between Richard Nixon and George McGovern, including Timothy Crouse’s The Boys on the Bus[19] and Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72.[20]
Broder’s work was also cited in two autobiographies by key figures in the history of The Washington Post: Personal History[21] by Post publisher Katherine Graham in 1997 and A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures[22] by Post executive editor Ben Bradlee in 1995. More recently, Broder was included in former Post columnist Dave Kindred’s 2010 book on the paper’s struggles in the changing media landscape: Morning Miracle: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life.[23] Broder is also mentioned in Bill Clinton’s biography First In His Class[24] by David Maraniss.
Broder earned a place in a work of fiction, meriting a mention by a White House senior staffer to fictional U.S. President Jed Bartlet (portrayed by actor Martin Sheen) on the NBC-TV series The West Wing.[25]

Awards and recognition

  • Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, 1973
  • 4th Estate Award from the National Press Club,[26] 1988
  • White Burkett Miller Presidential Award in 1989
  • Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award[27](Colby College), 1990
  • National Press Foundation’s Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award, 1992
  • Illinois State Society Distinguished Illinoisans Award,[28] 1997
  • National Society of Newspaper Columnists Lifetime Achievement Award, 1997[29]
  • William Allen White Foundation’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Journalism,[30] 1997
  • Honorary Doctor of Political Science, DePauw University, May 18, 2003
  • Washingtonian Magazine’s 50 Best Journalists,[31] 2005
  • University of Chicago Alumni Medal, [32] June 2005
  • Jefferson-Lincoln Award, Panetta Institute for Public Policy,[33] 2007
  • Washingtonian Magazine’s 50 Best Journalists[34] 2009

Honorary degrees

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Armando Goyena, Filipino actor died from a pulmonary embolism he was , 88.

Armando Goyena (born Jose Revilla) was a Filipino actor and matinée idol who was popular in the 1950s died he was , 88.

December 7, 1922 – March 9, 2011)


He married to Francisca “Paquita” Roses. They were the parents of 8 children: Maritess, Tina, Johnny, Ces, Pita, Rossi, Malu, and Cita. Two of their daughters became popular movie stars in the 1970s: Maritess and Tina Revilla. His only son, Johnny Revilla, now plays character roles. Among his grandchildren who joined show business are Bernard and Mico Palanca, Bianca Araneta and Lexi Schulze.

Movie career

Together with his onscreen movie partner, Tessie Quintana, Goyena appeared in Prinsesang Basahan, Hawayana, Tia Loleng, Virginia, and Isabelita. Goyena, together with Cecilia Lopez and Jonny Reyes, starred in Anak ng Berdugo.

Later years

He stopped acting in 1958. He then resumed acting in the early 1990s. In 1995, he played Don Eugenio Lopez in Chito Rono’s Eskapo. Chito got him again in 2001 to play the grandfather of Danilo Barrios in Yamashita. His last film was Annie B. with Jolina Magdangal in 2004.



Title Role Year
Sa Tokyo Ikinasal Fidel 1948
Kaaway ng Babae 1948
Ibigin Mo Ako, Lalaking Matapang 1949
Pag-Asa Victor 1951
Tiya Loleng 1952
Tenyente Carlos Blanco Tenyente Carlos Blanco 1952
Amor Mio 1952
Dalaginding 1953
Kidlat…Ngayon! 1954
Welga 1956
Medalyong Perlas 1956
Sanga-Sangang Puso 1957
El Robo Rodrigo 1957
Kastilaloy 1958
Mahal Kita Walang Iba Lolo Manolo 1992
Ang Kuya Kong Siga 1993
Eskapo Don Eugenio Lopez, Sr. 1995
Wanted Perfect Murder Mr. Payonggayong 1997
Pagdating ng Panahon Himself 1998
Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure Carmelo Rosales 2001
Annie B. (last appearance) 2004


Goyena died on March 9, 2011, aged 88, from a pulmonary embolism.

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