ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, ANGELIQUE MONET – AMERICANMULTI MEDIA TALENT &FORMER MS BLACK SOUTH CAROLINA

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Angelique Monét is an American multi-media talent and former Ms. Black South Carolina USA.[1] Monét attended St. Augustines College, graduating with a degree in mass communications. Monét is the owner and CEO of Greta Joanne Entertainment.[2] Angelique Monét is also the world’s only stage actress and ventriloquist.[3] In 2001, Angelique Monét performed on Theater Row her one-woman Off-Broadway show Multiple Me written by Edgar Chisholm, where she portrayed several personalities and her ventriloquist figure had multiple personalities in addition to those Monét portrayed. She is listed under ‘A History of Modern Day Ventriloquism,’ cited for her one-woman play and changing modern day ventriloquism, Notable Ventriloquist, and listed under wikipedia as being a beauty pageant winner. Angelique Monét is also a singer, pianist and composer who has an album on iTunes titled Not Wasting Time. Monét is also a film producer, writer, director, and visionary.

Monét’s directorial film debut came with the short film BitterSweet, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (SFC) in 2005 the first year the SFC launched. Her feature film Deceptive premiered at the Marche du Film during Festival de Cannes (2010). She had a theatrical release through her own releasing company at Big Cinema in New York, New York.

Monét has a five octave vocal range, multiple ventriloquist figures and voices, has opened for Sinbad, and Brian McKnight, her side kick ” Gracie the Pig,” was also spokesperson for Diabetes and worked with the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, just to name a few. She has been written about in historical books tracing the history of ventriloquism. As a singer she specializes in Jazz, R&B, Classical, Pop, Electronica, New Age, and World Music. She has performed with Indian classical musician and dancer, a recipient of the Chavalier Award, Dr. Raghunath Manét at Namaste France at Palais Petit Museum. In November 2017, Monét will be opening an Off Broadway Vaudeville thematic production in New York, NY on Theatre Row by popular demand. Monét has also performed for the United Nations Women Guild at the United Nations Headquarters as a singer and ventriloquist for the Women’s Bizarre under the Patronage of Catrina Marques de Almeida Vaz Pinto.  Other performances include the Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, events during Festival de Cannes, Luxembourg Parliament and not limited to.

Monét is also a public speaker who has spoken at the African Union Headquarters in New York City with Former United Nations Ambassador His Excellency Tete Antonio, the United Nations for Gandhi Day, Children’s Day, and International Day of Peace. She has also spoken at Schools, Universities, and churches. She has appeared on panels with diplomats, celebrities, politicians, and humanitarians.  Her dialogue specializes in world peace relations, indigenous preservation, self esteem, women’s empowerment, and her days of autism and being placed temporary in special education courses. In her speeches she describes not speaking and how the art of piano and discipline of the art opened her mind and gave her highest thinking and concentration skills in which she went from being behind four grade levels in elementary school to being ready for High School while in Elementary School.  She then goes on to describe how the ancient art of ventriloquism gave her a voice to combat her bullies and scare them; since the art form creates an illusion that an inanimate object is speaking. Later she realized the art form can be utilized to empower, educate and build self esteem.

TELEVISION, FILM AND HUMANITARIAN CAREER

Monét began as a journalist and nighttime Associate Producer for NBC in Greenville Spartanburg (having been an intern through the Greenville Urban League), ABC (segment hostess) for Black History Month specials, and Writer/Producer for the children’s show ‘Gracie and Angel’ which aired on Dove Communications, where she was the first minority ventriloquist with her own children’s television program. Upon graduating and moving to New York, she began producing, writing and acting in her own productions through her company Greta Joanne Entertainment. Many films have been distributed worldwide, and theatrically released through her company. Greta Joanne Entertainment now has licensing to over 500 hours of programming, is a sales agent, event production company, and is in pre-production stages to over 30 projects in various genres. Seeing the need to assist minorities in global distribution, and exposure, she formulated the Hamptons Black International Film Festival which later became Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative, a global movement to utilize all components of the arts to help in World Peace Relations. The organization is now umbrellaed with ‘New Generation In Action’ a United Nations approved NGO with Consultative Status. The group aides in humanitarian efforts in the promotion of film, fine art, fashion, music, in addition to youth and women empowerment campaigns. The group hosts  innovative events while also producing media content ranging from films to publications that can impact society. Monét is also founder of Nothing On Television TV a Video On Demand digital platform which provides magazine, red carpet and independent film content. The channel originally rolled out on DISH Network.

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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