2011-11-02 / Local News

Insider to ‘expose’ truth about Hollywood at BLUSH event

Comet staff report

After nine years in the entertainment industry, Tina Marie Griffin had seen it all – from how Hollywood truly operates to the messages it is really sending youth. These days, her focus is to inspire and educate parents, student leaders and the young minds of America and beyond.

BLUSH® will present Griffin as the featured speaker at its next event, “Hollywood Exposed,” on Nov. 11 and 12 at First Church of the Nazarene, Kokomo.

“We are thrilled to have Tina here to speak to the hearts of our youth about such important subjects,” said Teresa Devaul, co-founder of BLUSH. “We just want to be real and honest with our young people about the dangers that are out there.”

Griffin has seen the ins and outs of Hollywood from her vantage point on the set of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Young and the Restless,” “Lizzie Maguire,” “Drake and Josh,” “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” She was a national trainer for L’Oreal Cosmetics, Limited Too’s “Passion for Fashion” national tour emcee and a contestant in the preliminary Miss America pageant. She has opened for bands like Third Day, Jeremy Camp, Jeff Deyo, Rotterdam November and Skillet.

At Hollywood Exposed, Griffin will give the straight scoop on:

Sex – Griffin will look at the “role models” in today’s entertainment industry. She will discuss how many of these artists live the opposite lifestyle than what they promote in their music videos and music.

Drugs, tobacco and alcohol – Griffin will analyze a few of the hottest performers who glorify drinking and drugs without showing the consequences, share the story of a young girl who was a victim of a drinking and driving accident, and talk about the effects of cocaine and meth addiction.

Violence and suicide – Griffin will expose some of today’s hottest rappers/singers on how they promote violence and do not show the consequences when violence is used to “solve” problems in real life. She will also discuss the effects of violent video games on the growing brain and will challenge audience members to look at the choices they are making in the music they listen to.

Her appearance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11 will be age appropriate for fourth through sixth grade boys and girls. Her appearance from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 12 will hit home with co-ed middle and high school students. Both events will feature snacks, giveaways, music and more.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, and scholarships or discounted rates are available. Tickets are on sale at First Church of the Nazarene, Joy Christian Bookstore and online at iTickets.com. Partial funding for the event has been made possible through the grants from Howard County Community Foundation and St. Joseph Hospital.

For more information, visit www.iblush.org.

BLUSH® is a non-profit organization that inspires youth and adults to navigate with integrity the relevant pressures and choices that they face in today’s society.

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