Narine Arakelian introduces the world to Empathy Aesthetics through the #LoveXXL360 Campaign

In a world that continues to feel disconnected from one another, one artist continues to make strides toward adapting and changing this scene. From developing an AR performance through Instagram and making art accessible to all, to donating masks and contributing to support essential workers, and to creating a new cultural manifestation through art, Narine Arakelian does it all. 


Narine Arakelian (born May 13, 1979, based in Venice, Italy and Los Angeles, USA) is an emerging contemporary artist who creates performance art, installation, painting, sculpture, video and environmental art. Arakelian’s work with technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and social media, connects virtuality with the grounded materialism and traditions of painting. Arakelian uses translation and a form of cultural overdubbing to affect a space of empathetic encounter. The artist’s exploration of feminism, identity and representation are filtered through interpersonal experience and empathetic response. Narine Arakelian is associated with Empathy Aesthetics, integral to the Altermodern in the post-pandemic era.


Since the start of coronavirus, sending everyone home has led to a new level of creativity for many - Narine takes it up a notch, combining art with philanthropy. The #LoveXXL360 campaign introduces the Love and Hope mask and the Paradise collection as this new form of work which, according to Richard Wearn, Professor of Art at California State University, Los Angeles, can be understood as “Empathy Aesthetics.” 


This Instagram filter features a medical-style face mask with the words Love and Hope flashing across it. When the user opens and closes their eyes, stars are released across the screen, and when the user taps their forehead, a halo appears. If the sound is turned on, a voiceover from the artist herself will repeat the comforting words of Love and Hope. This filter aims to bring joy and comfort to those who use it during this pandemic, through an enduring message of hope. It succeeds - Arakelian’s soft tones gently reassure the user.


According to Wearn, “Narine’s work may be understood and defined in terms of Empathy Aesthetics, as she is utilizing the various social media platforms that arguably result in alienation as a means to promote empathy. She is a virus in the system attempting to reverse an outcome. Her work also speaks to the way we use attributes as a sign of reference when it is not. Think of the function of an app on a touch screen. Tinder = intimacy/sex, Google = knowledge; any object notion has been removed. We are left with attribute recognition through an app. We request and something turns up. The dynamic in recent work by Narine may be defined in a similar way. The artist is negotiating through text and imagery a new sensibility and message to humanity that is not transactional. Narine gifts through social media which works against transactions, which is built into the model of digital life.”


Through these filters, celebrities including AnnaLynne Mccord (90210), Kristin Bauer (True Blood, Once Upon a Time), Sofia Milos (CSI Miami), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2, 4, 5), Ellie Mumin and Tiffany Brouwer (Vanderpump Rules), Markus Molinari (Socialite), Courtenay Semel (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), and influencer Shannon K have posted the mask filter with the intention of raising awareness for the campaign, and as part of Arakelian’s push to donating more masks and PPE to health care workers.


Her efforts have shone in the success and popularity that this campaign has reached! Since the start of the campaign, she has donated more masks than anticipated. She has become the modern day changemaker and artist capable of adapting and shining in any form of art. Using social media to stand in solidarity, and creating a new social movement to bring people together in a time of distress. The AR filters use a dynamic QR code that can be found on Instagram under “#LoveXXL360” or on her Instagram @narinearakelianofficial. 


Congenial Health Care Consultancy provides health care services in caring in respective manner for the religious old age homes, elderly independent assisted living group homes and other people who cannot make it to the hospitals.

In the course of running my successful business and keeping a good balance of family life, it dawned upon me that I needed to give back more to the community.

Our exclusive interview today is withLorna Imperial PhD MSN CNS RN. Lorna is an innovative nursing leader, legal nurse consultant, entrepreneur, author and a vigilant organization strategist. An alumna of University of Santa Isabel, Philippine Women University, University of California Los Angeles, and University of Maryland.

A Geriatric Clinical Nurse Practitioner in private practice, she operates Congenial Health Care Consultancy. The professionally trained Delegating Nurses provides health care services in caring respective manner for the religious old age homes, elderly independent assisted living group homes and other people who cannot make it to the hospitals.

CP: Hi Lorna, thank you for being with us today!

 My pleasure!

CP: How did the COVID-19 affect the activities of the Congenial Health Care Consultancy?
LI: In the current COVID-19 scenario, it is not just the elderly or special needs people whom we attend to. We cater to anyone who calls us for assistance from a hotel, religious old age homes, independent assisted living community residences, group homes or regular residence. Our shifts are spread over 12 hours and we provide 24/7 home health care assistance. These days, we attend up to 20 calls per day and after receiving the call, we drive and arrive at the spot within 30 minutes. We do comprehensive full case history of the patient calling in to know if it is a COVID-19 or some other cases. While we always take precautions and wear gloves and masks, in suspected COVID-19 cases, we have to be in full PPE gear. If the patient has to be taken to the hospital, we call If the patient has to be taken to the hospital, we call for an ambulance.
I am very proud and happy that I chose this profession that provides me the opportunity to serve the community and live on the principles of SERVANT LEADERSHIP.

CP: That sounds very intense! How do you perceive the situation in general, how long do you think we will live in this scenario?
LI: I believe, that together we will break the chain of COVID-19 infection. But we need to be extremely careful and take actions!

CP: May I be frank with you, are you scared for your health in this situation?
LI: I am a nurse and it is my duty to protect our community. I care for each individual their families' heath and safety. I care for the community.

CP: What are the main precaution measurements to avoid COVID-19?
LI:  Therefore, stay home, stay safe. Hand hygiene keep you safe. Stay home, stay safe. Maintain a safe distance. Please wear your mask and always wash your hands. Cover your mouth when coughing. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose. Your safety matters.

Should you need help, do not hesitate to reach CONGENIAL HEALTH CARE CONSULTANCY. Be healthy! Let's overcome it together!

Heather Fay makes the cover of "Lounge Club" July

“Sensual” is out this month and fans will go ecstatic seeing Heather Fay at her best!

Heather Fay is the next big star - the status she confirmed in her latest project “Sensual”. The new project will soon be rocking the charts, and everyone is invited! “Sensual” is about Heather Fay in her hottest version, and those who loved her in “The One” will love her even more.

The wait is finally over for all of Fay's fans, as her new project is out this month! The tracks can be previewed, downloaded and purchased from all major streaming music platforms.

With “Sensual” there is no denying that Heather has got her fans swooning to her music as much as her figure. In her previous act, Heather Fay shot to fame with “The One” which ranked #1 on the Euro Indie Charts and landed #7 on the annual chart. The R&B chartbuster maintained 7th place as we rolled into 2020.

Fay thanks her fans and her co-stars for bringing her this far. Her debut single saw her getting paired with Grammy-award winning writers and producers, Tony Haynes and Lloyd Tolbert, and since then she has been the artist to watch out for. The day is not far when Fay will rank alongside the big names.  

“Sensual” is made even more special - it is all written and produced by Heather Fay herself.
Her four-octave vocal will be on full display, and her amazing screen presence that wowed the viewers in her last music video “The One” 

Here is the youtube link: 


Read the full interview with Heather in the "Lounge Club" July issue


Exclusive interview With Model, Actress, Cosplayer Reshá

Today we have in our studio Reshá, for an exclusive interview. We are so excited!

CP: Hi, how are you today!
A: I’m great, happy to be here!

CP: What is your inspiration for the day?
A: Gratitude, I’m just grateful for everything in my life right now and it reminds me to keep going every day so that I can inspire others!

CP: You’re a model and you have fantastic pictures! What was your craziest experience on the photoshoot?
A: The craziest thing I’ve done so far is climbing the side of a mountain for waterfall photos that I never even got!

CP: What is the most memorable picture that was taken of you?
A: I enjoy cosplay modeling the most and my favorite shoot was when I took photos of my Starfire costume. I got a lot of support from one of the photos going viral in a meme.

CP: Tell us about your acting experience. How did you come to act? Was it an easy thing for you?A: I got into acting by accident, I was told I would never make it as a model so my agency started sending me to acting auditions. I did a few small gigs in middle school and later did theatre in high school but I was never trained professionally, I just imitate what I see.

CP: What is the most touching story that you've had in acting?
A: When I was a kid I made friends on set very easily and the other kids were excited to meet young actors like them so that would be my best memory is just being on set with my friends talking about how much we hate algebra together haha.

CP: We know that one of our hobbies is cosplay. How did you get into that?
A: Video games and anime are what inspired me to start making costumes. I started getting serious about it when I was around ten years old and I started hand sewing bigger projects. I couldn’t afford much so I used to use thrifted clothes or old sheets and just try to paint or dye it to look like the costume, it was terrible.

CP: Do you go to some events or cosplay festivals? Which?
A: I used to go to conventions all over the world before covid hit, but I hope that I can go to Twitchcon this year. I’m a huge fan of the larger anime and comic cons so I might not be able to attend any for a bit haha.

CP: What is your biggest dream?
A: My dream is to gain more experience in the acting world and one day be on a show. I’ve always wanted to be on TV and I’m hoping one day I’ll get to live my dream.

CP: If you can have an opportunity to act with any person dead or alive, who would it be?
A: I would love to work with Halle Berry or Nina Dobrev, I look up to both of these women for their strength, beauty, and talent. It would be amazing to learn from either of them.

CP: Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Mariam Alammadi: Psychological help in COVID-19 pandemic

Mariam Alammadi is a Licensed Bahraini Psychologist who has been working in the mental health sector for the last eleven years. She has experience in leading an NGO, counselling, project manager, youth leader, psychotherapist and creating workshops. She is the founder of the Child Foundation Center (CFC) a psychological center that provides specialized care in counselling and milestone development. After the success of the Child Foundation Center and due to the demand, an adult section was added to practice.
Mariam’s key interest is breaking the stigma of mental health in Bahrain she has written for several local and international publications as well as appeared on the local media to spread this awareness in our community. She is currently involved in a research project with the Ministry of Education, Al Jawhara Hospital and an esteemed team of colleagues investigating mindfulness practices in public schools.
Mariam is also the founder and president of Afkarech Female Network and Think Tank. The first female think tank established in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Mariam is passionate about helping women “determine success on their own terms”.

We invited Mariam today to learn more about her activities, especially during the Covid-19 situation.

CP: Hi, Mariam! How are you doing today?

 Hi, I am doing really well thank you for asking. The temperature is heating up in Bahrain its currently about 39 degrees. So, I am talking to you from a very sunny office this morning. It is my pleasure to share some light on mental health in the Kingdom of Bahrain and thank you for the invitation. I am really passionate about continuing to break the stigma particularly in the MENA Region hence aiding people to seek treatment more readily. 


CP: How are you doing in the lockdown situation? What were the pros and cons of being locked? 


 Lockdown in the Kingdom of Bahrain was slightly different in that we did not have complete lockdown. Masks were made mandatory and non-essential businesses were closed temporarily. Citizens were asked to be responsible and adhered to social distancing. Testing was made readily available for the beginning. Individuals were still allowed to exercise freely outdoors. Most facilities had already shifted to online which make it much easier for the general population. My center stayed open which I am really thankful for. We were also certified  and licensed to provide video therapy to patients. Our national health authority NHRA really recognised the toll that COVID19 would take on our community’s mental health. They anticipated this correctly as patients in my center increased by 38-39 per cent. 


CP: You are a founder of Child Foundation Center which provide a specialised care for kids. Could you tell us more about which kind of help one can get in the Center?

MA: There has been a lot of pros for this situation globally – we are getting back to basics – the essentials in life, feeling grateful for things we have possibly taken for granted, slowing down and we are becoming more mindful. The cons are obviously the loss of lives, distress of families being separated, not having proper outlets for stress and loss of jobs/financial stability. What we do know though is life will ultimately change and never go back to before – we will be creating “a new normal”. 


CP: How would you estimate the amount of cases where the help is needed during the Covid-19? What is the effect of the lockdown on the people’s mental health?

MA: I established the Child Foundation Center in 2018 and since it has been going from strength to strength. We specialise in counselling psychology but have a large range of services including milestone assessment, play therapy and psychotherapy. The CFC is essential a safe space  and support system for your whole family to grow healthy foundations to build upon. Whatever issues you are going through whether it is anxiety, anger management, self-esteem and or trauma we are here to help. I feel really privileged to be recognised globally for our efforts and having received several awards. 


CP: That being said, what would be your immediate recommendations for people who are struggling with motivation, depression and probably even more severe symptoms?

MA: We looked at the statistics last week regarding correlation to new cases and COVID19 as well as patients who were treated for anxiety returning to help and that was 38-39%. This has illustrated we all need help when it comes to our mental well-being. The most common presenting symptoms are anxiety and depression. We have also seen an increase is correspondence from our local community who want guidance on how to manage their stress, how to talk to children about COVID19 and how to maintain healthy relationships in the home while social distancing. We have been actively working with corporations by supplying them with guidelines and training to help their employees deal with their mental health. 


CP: In such a hard period of time, there are many adults that need help. We’ve learned that you opened and adult section as well, which is great in our opinion. Can you tell us a bit more what are the activities of the adult section?

MA: Having a daily routine is so important. If you are working remotely ensure you have some kind of routine and a work station. Or similarly if you are teaching your children at home- ensure to follow some kind of a lesson plan. By following a daily routine, you will feel more productive and be able to set targets. 


Take breaks from watching, reading or sharing new stories particularly on social media as not only may the information be incorrect it can also worsen the symptoms of anxiety. Currently a lot of individuals are following websites that are tracking the current health crisis and although it is good to have the information – you do not need to be constantly bombarded with information. Instead choose one or two timings during the day in which you read the news.  


Dynamics in the household may have changed due to this isolation period and this cause periods of tension. Being home all day even with loved ones can be frustrating and it is better to diffuse difficult situations by walking away from arguments until things calm down. Try and create an outdoor space for yourself if you have a garden so you can get some space and engage in a few moments of mindfulness. 


CP: That being said, what would be your immediate recommendations for people who are struggling with motivation, depression and probably even more severe symptoms?

MA: Connect with others – try to video call or have phone conversations with others. Psychologically this has been proven to have more of a positive effect than text messaging. You can also use the time to reconnect with people that perhaps you have fallen out of touch with and would like to check on. 


Get creative – it is important we channel our creativity during this time. This can help us feel like we have a purpose. Is there an online course you have always wanted to take? Have you always wanted to learn the guitar? Maybe you want to launch a business online? Whatever it may be now is the perfect time to start working towards a goal you have and want to achieve. 


Play online games with family or loved ones if you are self-isolating in different places. It is a great way to engage, have a good time and give you another focus. It also ensures you are spending time quality time together even if remotely. 


Try and tidy up your living space as this is psychologically proven to make you feel calmer and more positive. 


CP: In such a hard period of time, there are many adults that need help. We’ve learned that you opened and adult section as well, which is great in our opinion. Can you tell us a bit more what are the activities of the adult section?

MA: We added an adult section – CFC Psychology due to the demand from the general public. We were treating children and realising that parents themselves needed treatment often from the stress they were feeling. As the adult section was established we also began to work with young adults were developing their sense of identity in life and felt they needed guidance. We have particularly excelled with this section of the community and believe we have been very successful in creating a healthy foundation for them as they go forward into adulthood. 


CP: How one can reach out to CFC in case of need?

MA: You can contact us via out website: or our social media links: Instagram @childfoundationcenter there is also an online booking form. We are also contactable by email: and by calling +9739019001




CP: It’s been hard for everyone. Many people lost their jobs, some lost their relatives… All this is like a dark stripe in life…What are your recomendations for satying sane these days? 
MA: COVID19 has been a symbol of loss for many around the world. My sincere condolences to anyone who has lost family. I cannot even begin to suggest how you might be feeling but please know my thoughts are with you at this time. Even for those who lost their jobs and financial security it can be incredibly difficult. The first step of dealing with uncertainty is realising that we cannot control everything particularly in this situation. We may not be always able to control the outcome but we can change our response and perspective.  Recognise there is only so much you can do right now and that makes you a human being not powerless. 


We need to think positively and envision the best. Reflect on previous adversity we have had in our lives and realise that we can overcome this together as a community. Instead try to be a positive light to those around you and your family. See how you can help you community even if its remotely. Call neighbours who may not have a lot of family around them and need support during this time. 



So, why a therapist? A therapist is a trained, qualified, caring, non-judgmental licensed professional who is there to make you feel better. Your well-being is the most important component of the session. They listen, they discover if any issues from the past are affecting you currently, they make helpful suggestions and they help you restructure negative cognitive beliefs that you may have been holding onto. Everything you say is completely confidential. Is work bothering you? Do you have a similar pattern in all your relationships? Do you have low self-confidence? Is there a family feud that is causing you anxiety? Are you struggling to meet friends and don’t know where to start? These are all issues a therapist can help you with. So, who does not need therapy? The truth is everybody can benefit from therapy whether it is ongoing therapy or attending just for a mental health check-up. Our mental health affects every part of our daily lives and if we can get help – why wouldn’t we avail of it? You deserve it.


CP: What would be your motivational quote of the day?

MA: Lately I read a quote that really touched me “Good things fall apart so better ones can fall together”. You will survive what comes your way – you are strong, resilient and the belief better days are coming will get through darker times until brighter days are on the horizon. Never give up.  


CP: Thank you so much for being with us!

MA: Thank you for having me and I am honoured to be with you today. 

Social media links: Instagram @allthingsmariam



In chaotic times (Pandemic & Injustice) the masses seek a distraction from the hysteria. A newly ordained author Roland Sato Page, hailing from St. Louis Missouri has recently released his first novel titled “Eating the Forbidden Fruit”. A dark fictional journey into his past career as a St. Louis Police Officer convicted of federal crimes due to his childhood affiliation. It’s mere fate during current affairs where the flaws of Law enforcement are being exposed, Roland book is available on Amazon bookshelf. Eating the Forbidden Fruit narrates the unethical and temptations plaguing many police departments (Sin Behind the Badge). It’s a tale of karma, confession, and redemption.
  Roland express his distain of how sexism and racism has infiltrated the system set forth to protect the public. Every time he watches the media it open old wounds of his past. He stresses his situation wasn’t a case of police corruption just a case of loyalty to individuals he grew up with.
 The book takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotion. Eating the Forbidden Fruit is thrilling fusion of drama, humor, and romance. An inspirational story many will be able to relate to.
  The author is a strong advocate for Lupus Awareness as well as a Lupus warrior diagnosed 8 years ago.
  For more detail information on the indie writer log onto his website @
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Award-Winning Australian Actress: Exclusive Interview

Award-Winning Australian Actress, Alli McLaren is best known for her acting work on the Weinstien Company Film Regression which also starred Emma Watson and Ethan Hawk. Alli has also worked on the Hit Disney Channel TV Series Shake it Up! Alongside Zendaya and Bella Thorne. Other films Alli McLaren has starred in include: My Year of Silence (2015), A Writers Block (2013), Infidelity (2015), Stockholm (2019) – to name a few. Alli’s most recent focus has been on her two upcoming TV series: The Food Porn Hotline and The First Month is Free.

The Food Porn Hotline which has already picked up international press is due to begin filming as soon as it’s safe to after the pandemic is over. Alli plays the leading role of Tamera Polinsky in the series, the office influencer who loves attention. The sitcom series is being produced by one of the biggest companies in Hollywood and is also dedicated to bringing light to the very series medical condition: endometriosis, which the creator of the show has.

However what Alli McLaren is most excited about is her upcoming role on the TV show The First Month is Free. The series is mockumentary style based in a gym. It follows the life of Addison Carter (played by Alli McLaren), a former child star who went through a dark stage in her teen years suffering from addiction and eating disorders who ended up in rehab. Throughout her time in rehab, Addison fell in love with fitness and working out, she decided to open her own gym. Her manager saw this as a great comeback story for Addison, and arranged for the entire thing to be filmed as a reality TV show. The only issue with this is Addison has absolutely no idea how to run a gym and neither does anyone she hires. The entire series is fun, family friendly and very relatable and current to everyone, whether they go to the gym or not. Alli McLaren is also the key creator and writer on this series, she explains how she has worked in different gyms all around the world over the last seven years and has taken many of her past experiences and written them into great, light-hearted content with a reality style twist. 

Alli McLaren is also a well-known influencer online with over 50k followers throughout her platforms. She has worked with brands including: Lime Crime Makeup, Quest, Fabletics, Bang and McDonalds to name a few.

Q&A with Alli McLaren

Q. How long have you been acting for?

A. I grew up acting, it was always just a part of me. My grandmother was the first female drama teacher in my home state and my mother was also a drama teacher, so I was pretty much getting acting lessons before I could talk! I started competing in drama competitions when I was 8 years old and my first big role was in a stage show of The Wind in The Willows when I was 9.

Q. What was it like winning Best Actress in a Comedy Pilot and the Hollywood Womans Film Festival 2019?

A. Honestly, amazing! Acting is something I’ve been working on and been in love with my entire life, so to be recognized at such a prestigious festival (Hollywood Woman’s in Film Festival) was incredible. Winning Best Actress in a Comedy Pilot for a TV show that I absolutely loved being a part of was a really good feeling. Playing the leading role of Addison Carter in The First Month is Free means so much to me as an actress so to be recognized by such well-established judges, against such a high field of competitors, felt really, really special.

Q. What has been one of your hardest struggles as an actress/influencer?

A. I think there is a lot of pressure on girls and woman espically to fit a certain beauty standard, I feel heavily judged upon my body and that’s been hard on my mental health over time. I’m finally at a stage where I’ve learnt my own worth and when I see a random comment from someone online saying I’m ugly or something, I won’t let it get to me anymore. But that’s taken years of soul search and self-love. 

Q. What was it like when you did your first brand endorsement deal?

A. Honestly crazy! I think it’s something I had dreamed about for such a long time and then suddenly it was real life. I was getting major and critical roles in films and TV shows and alongside them came these huge endorsement deals with companies I have looked up to for years. I love working with brands and I have a couple of really cool collaborations coming up soon.

Read the full interview with Alli in the "Eurowoman" July issue

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Christine Reidhead makes a cover of "Eurowoman" June

Educator, Podcaster, and Humanitarian, Christine Reidhead, is an Assistant Professor and the Founder and CEO of the Nonprofit Organization, AfrikRising. We asked Christine to comment on the current situation about COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.  And, took a chance to talk about a few exciting happenings, like her, #1 Best Seller, "GET THAT JOB!”, her recent award, 10 Best CEOs to Watch 2020, podcasting and much more in our exclusive interview. 

CP: Hi Christine, you live in the heart of the Navajo Nation, with the COVID-19 outbreak, where it is the highest affected area per capita. How are you coping with these challenges?
CR: We have 500 people that have tested positive for the coronavirus, in our small town of Crownpoint, NM, so its pretty scary. Im just trying to stay home as much as possible. I love to work, so Ill work just as hard at home as I would at work. Many of my students have had family members who have died from this coronavirus. Its really sad. We are losing some good, good people.


CP: Oh, that sounds pretty tough! Are there enough medical supplies at the hospitals? I hope everyone can get proper assistance.

CR: They are working on it. Hopefully, as time passes, the State of New Mexico and the Navajo Tribe, get more assistance from the federal government. There are not a lot of hospitals in and around the Navajo Nation, so that is a challenge. But the Navajo people are resilient and they will overcome this challenge facing their people. I couldnt be more proud to have the opportunity to live and learn more about their tradition and culture. They are a misunderstood people and I wish they would get more respect.

CP: You and your sons made masks for the people on the Navajo Nation. As you mentioned, this area has really been hit by the coronavirus. Tell us a little more about that experience.

CR: As COVID-19 began spreading on the Navajo Nation, it got me very worried about the people, especially the elders. Nationally, the masks were sold out in stores. It got me thinking, and guess who I thought of? My mother!  My mother is a quilter, so she donated a lot of fabric to allow us to sew these masks. We ended up making over 500 masks to give away. It was challenging, but a great experience.


Read the full interview with Christine in "Eurowoman" June issue.