Monthly Archives: January 2014

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BAFTAAs I was planning to be in London for a month, I had BAFTA screeners delivered to my London address so I could catch up on movies I hadn’t seen in 2013. I also managed to catch up on many documentaries that hadn’t been shown in New York. I’m ex-BBC and have a particular fondness for a good doc!

Union Flag Mug of TeaThe weather in London was perfect for hours of viewing – it hadn’t stopped raining for days! So I hunkered down with mugs of tea and happily viewed 17 movies and 5 documentaries over the Christmas and New Year holidays. The first BAFTA nominations have just been announced and I’m happy to say that many of my favorites are through to the next round!


Unconditionally Katy Perry

On December 3rd, UNICEF inducted pop sensation Katy Perry as their newest Goodwill Ambassador. This invitation-only press event took place at UNICEF House and was moderated by 17-year-old Hannah Godefa, Ethiopia National Goodwill Ambassador, who was accompanied by her proud dad.

Tony Lake, Hannah and Katy PerryThe press included youth bloggers, KIDSDAY members, and local NYC students who got an exclusive peak at the #unconditionallyUNICEF video featuring Katy Perry’s trip to Madagascar.  Executive Director, Tony Lake, tapped his foot along to the song and commented later, “I was trying very hard not to lip synch”.  Below is the video with lyrics inspired by Perry’s work with UNICEF.

Perry commented that being in the public eye enabled her to reach a vast number of people and shine a light on issues that need to be addressed.

We at J Marshall Events admire how Katy Perry is using her fame to shine the spotlight on global issues such as providing maternal health care, incorporating children with disabilities into society, and securing access to clean water.