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April 07, 2017
Changing A Mindset
Jacquelyn Aluotto set out to make Not In My Backyard, a documentary about abused and homeless women and children. In 2012, the film screened in Washington, DC and received a standing ovation from over 60 foreign delegates representing 60 countries at the World’s Women’s Conference of Shelters.
Despite the accolades the lm received, shelters for abused women and children were closing down. Their funding was still getting cut. Human trafficking was a problem. Aluotto determined as ever to keep her message in the forefront and to change the mindset, set about a way to make the message “sexy” and get celebrities involved so people paid attention as well. Aluotto created Real Beauty Real Women (RBRW) and her the idea of the “Socially Conscious Fashionista” was born.
“Our war on poverty. It’s the working poor. It’s human trafficking. It’s a $32 billion industry. And no one is talking about it!” Aluotto exclaims. rough RRRW, Aluotto and her team work with celebrities on a web series, they make over shelters, they endorse fashion and products with the proceeds going to several charities. There is even an upcoming national campaign to combat sex trafficking. Celebrities that have worked with Aluotto have included Russell Simmons, Sophia Vergara, Jordin Sparks, and actor Luis Guzman even lives as a homeless person and appears in her latest documentary.
“Funding is either getting cut or staying the same,” Aluotto explains the problem. “It’s so frustrating. You don’t want to turn anyone away, and we need solutions!”
we answer is in your famous people, Aluotto says with relief.
HOUSTON – Socially-conscious fashionistas joined together Tuesday to "Pucker Up for Change," an innovative, conscious cause marketing campaign merging beauty, glamour, media, entertainment, and technology with activism and giving back. The first campaign will launch with some of Houston’s most dedicated Impact Makers, Celebrities, Advocates, Strategist, Innovators, Artists, Philanthropists, Volunteers, Fashion and Beauty Icons and Influencers, before shooting counterparts in Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities. These women (and some men) are dubbed RBRW’s Socially Conscious Fashionistas.
Real Beauty Real Women
Launches Pucker Up For Change #pufc in Houston
Real Beauty Real Women (RBRW) chose Houston as the city in which to launch its Pucker Up For Change #pufc campaign on March 28, 2017. The national campaign introduces RBRW's first lipstick line for the “Socially Conscious Fashionista.” The innovative conscious marketing campaign that merges beauty, glamor, media, entertainment, and technology with activism, is behind RBRW’s mission to make giving back glamorous and activism sexy. A percentage of all proceeds from the sale of the lipstick will go to the RBRW Foundation and its nonprofit, Break the Cycle.
The launch featured some of Houston’s most dedicated impact makers, celebrities, advocates, strategists, innovators, artists, philanthropists, volunteers, fashion and beauty icons, and influencers. From Houston, the campaign continues on to Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities across the United States.
June 22, 2016
HOUSTON, TX - Movie directors are always looking to make things more real for the viewer, whether it's aliens or special effects. But what about homelessness? Over three million Americans are homeless right now and 4000 live in Houston's downtown area alone.
Film director Jacquelyn Aluotto made a documentary on the subject called "The Nimby Experience" (FYI: NIMBY is short for 'Not in my back yard'). It features film and TV actor Luis Guzman.
Everyday, thousands of homeless people go unnoticed by millions. We know they exist, but how many of us actually stop and extend a moment of recognition with one of these individuals? Actor turn activist and filmmaker, Jacquelyn Aluotto, 36, saw this disconnect between humans on the streets of New York City and felt compelled to make a documentary depicting their story.
Jacquelyn Aluotto, Founder & President of RBRW and Sandra Ramos, Founder of “Strengthen Our Sisters” attended the event representing their organizations. Both women talked about how crucial it is to recognize the dynamics of domestic violence in America. Aluotto is known for merging celebrities, media, and content with social activism to create impactful movements.
n Disney’s pantheon of evil stepmothers and female deviants, Maleficent has always stood apart.
Her popularity is undeniable. Fifty-five years after “Sleeping Beauty,” she ranks second only to Scar of “The Lion King” in about.com’s ranking of the greatest Disney villains, and trailed behind the Wicked Queen from “Snow White” in MovieFone’s recent list.
I have come to accept that I am a work-in-progress woman. I will always be evolving because that is life and the beautiful journey of it. I took some time to share what I accept, appreciate and achieve. I hope that some of these inspire and motivate you as well!
Influencer Jacquelyn Aluotto is changing the world and the entertainment industry one-quarter at a time. The producer and activist is talking innovation and dedication for sustaining shelters and creating conscious content.
Burlington, VT. - It's estimated about 3.5 million people are homeless in the U.S. And that problem got the attention of a Hollywood actor and Vermont resident. Luis Guzman decided to raise awareness by going undercover for a documentary. Kristin Carlson recently heard all about his role and the project. Watch the video for more.
February 05, 2016
Lance Bass comes out to support Real Beauty Real Women RBRW and Javier Gomez.
RBRW Real Beauty Real Women partners with Break The Cycle and photographer Javier Gomez to raise money and awareness for SOS domestic violence shelter. RBRW founder Jacquelyn Aluotto has dedicated half of her life to this work. Celebrities showed up to support the cause. Among the VIP's Lance Bass, Project Runway Alums, Edwin Torress, and many more.LANCE BASS -- Superstar Singer/Actor/Best Selling-Author.
MIKE WOODS -- Meteorologist & Reporter, Fox 5's Good Day New York.
JOSH FOLAN -- All My Children & Star of the upcoming film All God's Creatures.
JAVIER GOMEZ - Noted photographer, Colin Cowie Lifestyle.
JACQUELYN ALUOTTO, Founder/President, RBRW.Org & CEO Pick It Up Pictures.
LAUREN LOGIUDICE -- Star of the new film When Harry Wants To Marry.
TIMOTHY MANDALA -- Star of the new Vin Diesel Series The Ropes.
MAX RHYSER -- Star of two new films Requited and The Lair
JUDGE EDWIN TORRES, Carlito's Way.
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It all started twelve years ago when I decided to make a documentary called Not In My Back Yard. I wanted to film in underground shelters where battered women and children flee for refuge to Safe Haven and shelters. In America 50% of homeless people are women and children fleeing abuse. Everyone said it was impossible to film in shelters. They were wrong. Twelve years later I am still filming in shelters and NIMBY screens around the world to help empower battered women and their children. A 100 percent of the profits goes to saving shelters across America. It received in 2012 a standing ovation at the World’s Women Conference Of Shelters. Anyone can watch it for free at http://www.pickituppictures.com/p/nimby-documentary.html
EDGEWATER — For the past several years, Edgewater resident Jacquelyn Aluotto has organized the Make-A-Christmas Wish List event, a toy drive to benefit children from the Strengthen Our Sisters Battered Women and Children Shelters throughout New Jersey. A toy drive fundraiser held Dec. 8 at the American Legion Hall in Edgewater collected gifts to benefit children from Strengthen Our Sisters Battered Women and Children Shelters throughout New Jersey.
EL DIARIO LA PRENSA NY | JULY 22, 2012
She campaigns against poverty in New York, and since birth, she has learned to have compassion and give herself completely to the less fortunate.
With both hands on the steering wheel on her way to work, her knuckles gripped more tightly as she heard on the radio a segment about homeless children; those that walk a life plagued by uncertainty–What will I eat? Where will I sleep? Will I go to school?–when all these questions should be certainties.
Women are making big waves at the box office. Melissa McCarthy can carry a comedy as well as any male actor, perhaps even better. Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-winning turn in “Blue Jasmine” scored big for director Woody Allen. That long-delayed “Ghostbusters” project is a go at last, and the movie will flip the gender of the protagonists.
EDGEWATER — Every two minutes, a child becomes homeless in our own backyard. Cemi Guzman, son of one of the stars of 'Not In My Backyard,' speaks about The NIMBY Project at a screening of 'Journey 2' on Feb. 12. A Public Service Announcement about the film was scheduled to be shown before the film, but technical difficulties prevented it.
Our beloved publisher and CEO of the Forward Times newspaper, Karen Carter Richards, was recently honored at the “Sweet 16” Celebration on March 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM), a 501(c)(3) organization, in partnership with Lamik Beauty and Millionaire Mommy Society hosted the First Annual Women’s History Month, “Sweet 16 Celebration,” which is an event that honored past, present and future women leaders in Houston.
We have all been there. Peeking into another woman’s world through social media or seeing her at a public event… from head-to-toe we can see she is fabulous. Her kids seem perfect. She can keep up in the boardroom, maintain a loving relationship, and cook up a storm in the kitchen, all with a smile.
ONLY ON CVP : Alexa Prisco of “Jerseylicious” is joining beauty expert Jacqui Phillips to help try and stave off the proposed closings of eight “Strengthen Our Sisters” shelters — where more than half the clients are women and children fleeing abusive husbands, fathers and boyfriends.
RINGWOOD - They may not be super heroes, but celebrities and beauty experts are coming to the rescue of Strengthen Our Sisters, a shelter program for homeless/abused women and children, as it struggles to survive a $500,000 loss in state funds.
Houston mothers and daughters came together for the Mommy and Me Vision Board Expo for inspiration and motivation. The five-day tour kicked off Jan. 30 at the Hilton Hotel in southwest Houston. Successful women and their “CEO-in-training” daughters shared words of wisdom with other mommy-daughter duos, encouraging them to go for the gusto and continue pursuing their dreams.
July 21, 2012
Tenía ambas manos en el volante y sus puños lo apretaron más fuerte cuando, camino a su trabajo, escuchó en la radio un segmento sobre niños “homeless”; aquéllos que transitan una vida plagada de interrogantes –¿dónde comeré?, ¿Dónde dormiré?, ¿Iré a la escuela?– cuando todo debería ser certezas.
HOUSTON - The BFE Rock Club was home to a party with a purpose. A comedy/music event was scheduled to give a helping hand to those who have had to suffer because of the recent Houston flooding.
Admittance to the event was a minimal $10 gift card or a minimal donation of $10 where 100% of the nights’ proceeds will be distributed amongst several non-profits in the city that are providing services specifically to Houston’s flood victims.
Philanthropist, speaker and author, CleRenda McGrady, founder of Women Who P.U.S.H.™!, is bringing together an empowering group of speakers to help elevate and educate today’s purpose-driven woman as she kicks off the 2nd Annual Women Who P.U.S.H! Empowerment Experience.
On Thursday, May 5, 2016, from the BFE Rock Club (11528 Jones Rd. Houston, TX) will be the location for one of the biggest Cinco De Mayo parties in Houston, where the biggest act on the show will be as many Houstonians as possible, coming together to Help Heal Houston and the flood victims who have been displaced all over the city.
March 07, 2015
He's "that guy" — the chest-baring club owner in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights," the undercover DEA agent in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," the recovering thug in Peter Segal's "Anger Management." Luis Guzmán, who has appeared in more than 70 films, is adding another heavy to his reservoir of law enforcement agents and bad guys. He plays nefarious attorney Licenciado Schmidt in Georgina Garcia Riedel's new comedy "Ana Maria in Novela Land," about a young woman who magically switches places with the heroine of her favorite Mexican telenovela.
You started off as a social worker, and you did activist street theater for years. Did it feel awkward playing bad guys like Goon #1 and Gang Member #2 early on in your career?
NEW YORK CITY — Luis Guzmán is a New Yorker first, an actor second.
The Lower East Sider’s 30-year career in film and television may be impressive — with classic films like “Boogie Nights,” “Carlito’s Way” and “Traffic” on his resume — but the neighborhood where he grew up is closest to his heart.
When Luis Guzman was growing up in the Lower East Side of New York City, his mother always made too much supper for the family.
Every night, she packed up the leftovers and gave them to her son to take under the bridge to homeless people.
“That’s how my mom raised me,” he told people who came out to see his new movie at the Foeger Ballroom at Jay Peak Friday night.
February 15, 2012
Students and parents from Fort Lee, Leonia and Edgewater were treated to a complimentary screening of the Warner Bros. film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island on Feb. 9, thanks to Jacquelyn Aluotto, the founder of Break the Cycle, a non-profit organization based in Edgewater that brings awareness to battered women and children across the state.
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