Washington and Lifework Professionals Group will begin collecting money in an effort to provide 2,010 inmates with a Biblically based journal book that will assist the inmate with building their self-confidence and self-esteem. WAUKEGAN, IL, April 01, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — Bernadette Washington and Lifework Professionals Group (LPG) announce the 2,010 Book Drive for Inmates. Beginning April 12, 2010, Ms. Washington and Lifework Professionals Group will begin collecting money in an effort to provide 2,010 inmates with a Biblically based journal book that will assist the inmate with building their self-confidence and self-esteem. Lifework Professionals Group will then deliver a copy of Ms. Washington’s book, “It’s Better to Know YOURSELF, Daily Confessions” to each of the women.
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Photographer Annie Leibovitz’s lifework is on the line
That’s how she’s come to define modern celebrity portrait photography during her decades shooting cover photos for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue. But the 59-year-old Leibovitz soon could lose control of her life’s work, for the very reason she needed money, and fast. Leibovitz faces a Tuesday deadline to repay a $24-million loan from a New York art-finance company. Art Capital Group advanced her that sum last year after the photographer, in “dire financial condition,” as court papers put it, posted as collateral basically everything she owns — not only her two homes but “every photographic image ever taken by Ms. Leibovitz,” according to the lender. She isn’t the first creative person to mortgage intellectual property. Lennon and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney dealt their song publishing rights and pop star Michael Jackson, who bought them, later used their catalog, and his own hits, to secure more than $200 million in loans. Representatives of singer David Bowie reaped $55 million for him in 1997 by turning the revenue stream from his old songs and recording masters into bonds — “Bowie Bonds,” they’re called. Meanwhile art collectors, galleries and artists themselves have embraced ways short of selling to convert the framed beauty on their walls into liquidity. Artist-director Julian Schnabel used a Picasso he owned for 20 years to secure financing to develop top-of-the-line condos in Greenwich Village.