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Top Ten Divas: Amy Winehouse


This article is about Amy Winehouse the diva, Amy Winehouse the soul, Amy Winehouse the icon. Though it is impossible to separate Amy from her pain and sorrow, we will attempt here to remember her with respect and focus on many things she did exceptionally well.

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Style. She understood the time she was in. Amy knew how to innovate, and how to hit a nerve with audiences. Amy understood the idea that “it’s all been done before,” and that the original choices an artist can make today involve original pairing, the mixture of ideas that have not been mixed before, rather than new ideas, which are arguably impossible, or a new rehash of old ideas. And so the risks Amy took were with style and also with the level of intimacy she bared in a world that has seen it all. Her extreme vulnerability still impacted us. While her tattoos screamed “biker chick” and her torn jeans “punk,” her giant beehive of black hair, red lipstick and nails, and black eyeliner were straight up borrowed from The Ronettes. A carefully chosen palette. Amy used red and black, bold colors, to accent her bold sound.

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Brass. Amy knew how to use a big brass band. Backing your vocals with a wall of brass takes a lot of chutzpah, and Amy was a jazz siren for all ages.

A heart of gold. “Ask Amy, she’ll do it,” was the word among London’s charities; her list of contributions is lengthy, and her family is currently involved in the Amy Winehouse Foundation to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse among tomorrow’s artists.


And most of all, Amy had soul. The voice is the exterior manifestation of an intentional internal vibration of the organs against the bones. While musicians learn to play their chosen instrument, a vocalists uses the body and nothing else. Amy’s voice suggested power, vulnerability, a raspy weariness, confidence, swagger, defiance and submission all at once. It is in her voice we hear the part of Amy that was untouched, at first, by all her troubles.

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How To Keep Kids Safe In Hollywood


1. Never pay for your child to be represented. Photo shoots are required and are something you may have to pay, but you should not have to pay for pictures for any kids under 13, as they grow so fast, that the pictures will be outdated too soon. For kids 13 to 17, do not spend more than around four hundred dollars on both printing and headshots and zed cards for modeling all combined if they do all.  You don’t need more than a dozen headshots or zed cards printed at a time. Most printing is not included in shoots, so be sure to find out. Make sure the company has a good reputation with the studios and casting, and gets people work before you sign with them.

2. Never sign an exclusive agreement with your child, and never give up more than 20 percent.

3. Avoid modeling schools, they are a waste of money and not necessary.  Avoid expensive industry seminars for modeling that include panels and so called runway shows which are also unnecessary, and avoid any school or workshop that promises auditions for pay. Legit auditions never require payment.

4. Teach your kids to only give out YOUR cell phone number or email, NOT theirs, and NOT their social media contact. Make sure your number is un-listed. Strangers can locate your address with listed numbers and find where your child lives. Teach them to never reveal to strangers where they live or go to school, or where you and your family work or other personal information such as church, bank, where you shop, or other private information.


5. Teach your kids not to talk to strangers on the street unless you are there too.

6. Never leave your child unattended or out of  your site even for a second in the entertainment industry. Insist that you go with your child to any agency or management company interview, casting, audition, go see, acting class, or similar. If the people running the event don’t like it- too bad! They can deal with it, or your child will not attend. You have every right to be there. Do it.

7. Never let your child go off to any overnight event unless they are with someone you know very, very well, trust with your child’s life, and have known for years, preferably who also has kids you know, and absolutely who will not let your kids out of their sight.

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8. Never let your child be photographed, videotaped or filmed unless you are there observing. Do not allow your child to be photographed in anything inappropriate or in any manner that exploits or sexualizes them.  If any inappropriate filming or photographing happens against your consent when you are present that you forbid that is inappropriate, demand to have it deleted and erased or mention you will sue. Contact our office if you need help in this regard.

9. Instruct your child to never consume any food or drink that has been left unattended, and only eat or drink food that they and you know are clean and healthy, which you know where it comes from.  Never allow your child to consume alcohol or other drugs.

10. Teach your child to never follow anyone in public to any location, to never get in any one’s car except for you or your family, and to never approach any stranger asking for help without you present.

11. Teach your child to not be paranoid, but to be aware of the existence of hidden cameras which can be placed on the ends of canes, umbrellas, on hats, glasses, ink pens, and more.

12. Teach your child to cover their private parts as much as possible when using restrooms, baths or showers in places not at your home or family, or trusted hotel with you, in public type places. It is rare, but it has happened that there have been hidden cameras placed in public restrooms to secretly film people.

13. Teach your child that it is not appropriate to stick their tongues out or have their legs spread open in public, and to dress appropriate to their age and not wear clothing that is too revealing for their age. Make sure that your children wear underwear! Make sure that your children do not do anything focused primarily on their mouths that can be seen or taped.

14. Be in good communication with your child and be willing to communicate with them about anything, without condemning them, so that they know you are a friend who they can trust and tell anything. The more your child feels that they can trust you, the safer you can help them be.

15. Teach your child to speak without swearing or being vulgar, and (when they are old enough to learn), teach them why being trashy (as are many music and some film stars) is NOT cool.

If you have any questions or comments, you are invited to contact Bruce Edwin directly through the front page of www.TheHollywoodSentinel.com.

If you know about someone who is a suspected child abuser or trafficker that has not yet been brought to justice, contact The Office of Bruce Edwin directly at 310-226-7176.

Ten percent of all profit of The Office of Bruce Edwin Productions, The Hollywood Sentinel, Hollywood Sentinel Public Relations, and Starpower Management goes to help fight child sex trafficking and the abuse of children in Hollywood.

Bruce Edwin is a film producer, model and talent manager, public relations expert, and publisher of The Hollywood Sentinel, which publishes ‘only the good news.’ He works with some of the most powerful and biggest names in entertainment in the world of music, film, fashion, art and business.

If you know a parent with children that could benefit from this information, you are invited to forward this link to them.

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A Bell For Adano & Gone With The Wind


A Bell For Adano

In 1945, John Hersey’s A Bell for Adano was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the first year after being renamed from the novel category. The story takes place toward the end of WWII, when Major Victor Joppolo is named temporary major of a fictional town named Adano, modelled on the town Licata. Hersey was a Time Magazine correspondent who later wrote Hiroshima, a book about the nuclear aftermath that should be required reading in every US History class—Hersey’s ability to prick the conscience is so great that after reading the book a Manhattan Project scientist wrote that he wept as he remembered how he celebrated the dropping of the atomic bomb.


Yet, it was A Bell for Adano that won the Pulitzer, a story that takes a more gentle and tragi-comic approach to the subtle message that the American military must operate out of the most enlightened of ideals: compassion, democracy, and freedom.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, because suspense is central to the writer’s intent. Major Joppolo is convinced that the United States has “something to offer” other countries, that our proudest virtues are something we can, in fact, export. The Fascist mentality, with its cruel and arbitrary excess, is his enemy in a war not so much between the Allies and the Fascists, but between use of power to serve and uplift the masses and use of power to crush them under one’s heel.

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Reading this book, you are alternately torn between a pins-and-needles feeling of wondering if Joppolo’s insubordinate actions will come back to haunt him or he’ll ride the wave of the town’s adoration indefinitely and laughter at Hersey’s humorous portrayal of the expressive Italian heart. You also wonder if he will give in to his attraction to a local beauty while away from his wife. This book is engaging and easy to read; the pace is fast, and the characters complicated enough to keep you interested. I would highly recommend A Bell for Adano as the questions it raises are just as important today as they were more than a half century ago. A Bell for Adano was also made into a 1945 film with Gene Tierney as the heartbroken Tina and John Hodiak as Major Joppolo.


Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind, the dramatic Civil War tale by Margaret Mitchell, is perhaps the most famous Pulitzer Prize winning novel (1936) to be made into a feature film. The 1939 film, starring Vivienne Leigh as Scarlett O’ Hara and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, won an Academy Award for Best Picture, and became an instant classic. If you love the film, it’s hard to imagine that the book could be any better. Yet it is. The book hits a sweet spot between literary and commercial fiction, with characters that are as hopelessly tormented as they are flawed; yet with passionate natures that garner respect. This book is more than one thousand pages long, and is more full of Southern nostalgia than is politically correct today, but the saddest part about Gone With The Wind is that the author was tragically struck down by an automobile in 1949 before she could publish a sequel.

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