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Mona Elyafi
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Based in Los Angeles, Mona Elyafi has been writing celebrity magazine profiles, entertainment news and lifestyle columns for the past two decades. She currently serves as the West Coast correspondent for Diva Magazine (Dubai's leading Women's fashion magazine), for which she has penned numerous cover and feature stories, including pieces on Kim Kardashian, Kimora Lee Simmons and Denise Richards.

Her articles have also appeared in The Washington Square News, LAExaminer.com, Edge on the Net, SheWired, The Moorpark News-Mirror and Studio City Lifestyle Magazine.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, raised in Paris, France, academically formed in New York and now residing in Los Angeles, Elyafi has spent the past 15 years working in the field of entertainment publicity, heading her own boutique PR Company, ILDK Media.

Elyafi holds a Master of Arts in journalism from New York University. A proud product of the "MTV Generation," she's a 40-something-year-old going on 13, terminally stuck somewhere in 1984, with high hopes of one day marrying George Michael.

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The Importance of Destigmatizing Depression: A Conversation With Billie Myers

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 6:57 AM

As we absorb the devastating loss of comic icon Robin Williams to suicide, we all quite naturally feel the need to remember his life and celebrate his incredible legacy.

But while we respectfully pay tribute to the memory of the tremendously talented man who made us laugh and smile...

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Keeping Up With the Kazakhstan... or Not! Kanye West Goes South

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 1:23 PM

While Kanye West may not be Keeping Up With The Kardashians anymore -- refusing to appear on further episodes to protect his precious reputation -- he is certainly has not been keeping up either with the politics of another type of "K" clan, namely the Kazakhstan's ruling family.

"Kimye" is...

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Has Miley Cyrus Gone Too Far?

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 6:20 PM

Why is everyone so gung-ho about Miley Cyrus' indecent VMA performance?
Of course it was distasteful, extremely inappropriate, gratuitously provocative and completely void of any artistic value; but it was also very well calculated, strategically crafted and concocted ahead of time to provoke the very exact controversy we've all...

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Diana King, the First Jamaican Music Artist to Come Out Publicly, Proposes After the Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 4:23 PM

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Hailed as one of the biggest voices of the Caribbean, Jamaican-American singer/songwriter Diana King made a lot of noise last year when she publicly announced on her Facebook page, "YES!! I AM A LESBIAN."

Though she was long...

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It's Ok to Be Different as Long as You Vote Like Us?

(40) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 4:39 PM

Is America truly the land of the free? I can't help but ask myself this question as I keep reading the many posts filling my Facebook feed. Evidently, most of these posts are election-related and communicate some rather strong opinions and statements (good and bad) on both candidates and their...

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Lady Gaga Under Fire for Political Comment on Facebook: Should Celebrities Stay Out of Politics?

(37) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 10:33 PM

The first presidential debate on Wednesday night brought some memorable moments more so on our social media sphere than on our little screens.

As I was skimming through my Facebook news feed, I caught one very interesting status update posted by none other than the biggest pop star in the...

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Prince Harry's Casino Royale: A Royal Media Indiscrition

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 4:05 PM

Oh bloody hell!

Prince Harry is yet again inflicting another big headache to Buckingham Palace.

As if it wasn't enough that back in 2009, photographs of the young Royal smoking pot were leaked to the press, now his highness got another Kodak moment caught butt naked...

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How to 'Express Yourself' to Others: The Case of Madonna and Marine Le Pen

(12) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 1:57 PM

Guess who's been stirring up controversy around the world lately? That's right! Madonna's done it again. Could we expect anything less from the superstar who's clearly made a lifelong career out of being a daredevil? After all, when it comes to pulling off provocative stunts, no one holds a better...

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Why Ban Bachelorette Parties When We Can Donate the Proceeds to Activist Organizations Fighting for Marriage Equality?

(5) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 7:49 AM

West Hollywood's iconic social hub, The Abbey Food and Bar has been making headlines with its recent decision to put a (temporary) ban on bachelorette parties.

Founder and co-partner (along with SBE) David Cooley announced last week that the famed premier gay and lesbian bar, lounge and restaurant will no...

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Donna Summer and Robin Gibb: Their Music Legacy Beyond Disco

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 5:08 PM

It has certainly been a tragedy for disco fans around the world losing two music icons in one week. Crowned "The Queen of Disco," Donna Summer, and Robin Gibb, the man who in his own rights equally merits the title of "King of Disco," have sadly passed away both succumbing...

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Oh, No: Chris Brown Didn't Tweet That?!

(4) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 10:35 AM

So Chris Brown is back in the news again making headlines for taking his Grammy criticisms response(s) to Twitter in a rather not-so-elegant prose.

"HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That's the ultimate F--- OFF!" Brown defensively tweeted, later followed by: "IM...

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'Madame?' Non, Merci!

(17) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 3:22 PM

An article published in the Los Angeles Times recently reported on the passing of a new bill in a town in Western France that banned the use of the title "Mademoiselle" -- the English equivalent of "Miss" -- on the grounds that it was sexist. As a...

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Why the Word 'Celesbian' Reinforces Stereotypes

(8) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 2:46 PM

I can't for the life of me understand why, where, and how new queer idioms emerge in our daily conversational vocabulary. But clearly they just do, and somehow I'm always the last one to get the memo. Of course, it's always the beyond useless expressions, the kind you desperately want...

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Don't You Dare Tell Me Santa Claus Doesn't Exist -- 'Tis the Season to Believe!

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 10:04 AM

Santa Claus is not real? I don't think so!

How else would you explain the fact that for years, and quite consistently, every gift deposited under the tree with that little tag bearing my name on it exactly matched the items I meticulously enumerated in each of my 30-something...

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Darth Vader vs. Billie Jean: The Justin Bieber Paternity Lawsuit

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 10:00 AM

Thank God our dear celebrities have not been running short of scandals lately.

So who's been bad?

Well, take your pick! There's plenty to choose from: Republican runner-up Herman Cain is giving us a remake of Clarence Thomas' sexual harassment episode; Kim Kardashian just made history entering the annals...

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Kim Kardashian Divorce Makes a Mockery of Marriage

(68) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 6:19 PM

Bring out the box of Kleenex!

The world is aching today as the news of TV's most popular reality star losing her "Mrs." title to go back to "Miss" is making headlines everywhere.

That's right! In case you haven't already heard, Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from husband...

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What Does It Mean to Be a Fan Today?

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 4:03 PM

In a world where everything is based on instant gratification and the philosophy of "I want it and I want it now," we've become too consumed with living in fast-forward mode, racing through life instead of actually really living it.

While the galloping advances in technology are indeed making...

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Music Sounds Better on Vinyl

(50) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 12:17 PM

As the world mourns the recent tragic passing of Apple pioneer Steve Jobs and respectfully pays tribute to his numerous seminal contributions to modern technology, having left behind an enduring legacy with such groundbreaking products as the MAC, the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod, some critics are weighing in...

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Fat vs. Fab: The Deciding Factor for Voters?

(2) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 2:04 PM

Would America elect a fat president?

Welcome to the hot topic du jour, which has been making headlines since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was suddenly thrust into the political spotlight as the most favorable 2012 Republican contender in the GOP presidential race (even though he has officially...

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Hooked on Phony: Is Modern Technology Setting Us Back?

(7) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 12:16 AM

I was sitting outside on the patio at my local coffee joint the other day when suddenly I witnessed something terribly tragic.

The majority of people occupying other tables around me -- couples and groups of friends alike -- were apparently all engaged in an intimate tête-à-tête with the...

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