Monday, March 24, 2008

Vintage Music Mondays: Mary J Blige's "Real Love"

Happy Monday! I've been overwhelmed by some new opportunities so please excuse my lack of posts. Anyway, here's Mary J Blige's "Real Love." My husband and I attended Mary J and Jay Z's concert here in Miami this past Saturday. They turned it out of course, Jay endorsed Obama, Kanye West made an appearance and I have the footage. So, look out for that this week as well as interviews with some special people in the beauty and art worlds.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Obama is Brutally Honest & I Love It!!

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama gave an enlightening, personal and remarkably honest speech about race in America and concerns about Rev. Wright. His speech has been deemed by many pundits and observers as "historic." I agree. Obama set the record straight like no other politician I have heard in my lifetime thus far. I could get deep in thought right now, but I'll let you judge for yourself. If you haven't watched this special moment in time, please do!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Society Stars: Children of the City Gala

David and Leilah Tyree, Cheryl Rogers with Jesse Tyree

Selita Ebanks and Steve Schirripa

Thomas Gilmartin, David Tyree and Yvonne Riley-Tepie

Selita Ebanks, Chris Gay, Duncan Olde, Katie Walters, Miguel Avalos and Harold Palacios

The Children of the City Gala was held in New York at the Tribeca Rooftop last week. The Gala's 27th anniversary brought out philanthropists, athletes, models and corporate bigwigs. The organization's annual gala honored New York Giant, David Tyree with the Children's Champion Award this year. Sopranos star Steve Schirripa served as the Master of Ceremonies, and New Jersey Nets star Richard Jefferson was a guest of honor. Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks and COC Founder/Executive Director, Joyce Mattera were among the presenters.

Guests enjoyed dinner and entertainment in support of a worthy cause. Notable patrons like COC Board of Director Rocco Basile and Yvonne Riley-Tepie, assistant VP of Marketing for Commerce Bank in Brooklyn and Queens, were in attendance.

Children of the City is a community based organization that has been serving disadvantaged children since 1982. Its mission is to reach at risk inner city children with hope, guidance and resources to positively affect their lives and communities, breaking the cycle of poverty and its effects. Children of the City's outreach provides disadvantaged children with prevention programs, crisis intervention, educational support and healthy activities through small groups and large gatherings of children that continually produce tremendous documented progress and results. It currently reaches over 2,000 children and youth in Sunset Park each year, serves 900 children monthly through home visits from volunteers and counselors and provides daily academic support to those at risk of educational failure.

Vintage Music Mondays: Soul Glo

My husband and I watched Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" this weekend and laughed our heads off. Enjoy this "Soul Glo" scene from the classic 80's movie. Thank God the jheri curl went out of style!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sports: Lewis Hamilton Wins the Australian Grand Prix

The Formula One races are on again and I'm happy to say that McLaren-Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton still has his mojo. The handsome Briton won the Australian Grand Prix this weekend. The Australian Grand Prix is the season opener for the Formula One races. Hamilton won the race effortlessly while the other drivers struggled. If you follow the Formula One, then you've heard about the racist drama Lewis Hamilton was experiencing in Spain due to his ex-racing partner Fernando Alonso and the Spanish racing fans. Well, Alonso came in third place and I hope he enjoys the slice of humble pie that Hamilton just served him.

Australian Grand Prix results

1. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 58 laps one hour 34 minutes 50.616 seconds
2. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber +5.478 secs
3. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota +8.163
4. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault +17.181
5. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes +18.014
6. Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota 1 lap behind
7. Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari Retired - 55 laps completed
8. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari Retired - 53 laps completed

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Society Stars: Mario Launches "Do Right Foundation"

The handsome singer Mario launched his "Do Right Foundation" on Wednesday at Challengers Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles. The mission of "Do Right Foundation" is to focus on and provide role models for underprivileged youth whose parents suffer or suffered with substance abuse. In addition to providing role models, the Foundation also provides home tutoring via the Catapult Online program and Dell sponsors computers for the children.

As you may know, Mario revealed last year on MTV that his mother is a drug addict. I find it admirable that Mario is using his own experiences and hardships to address and assist children coping with this problem in the community.
Keep up the good work Mario!

Society Stars: March of Dimes 33rd Annual Beauty Ball

Deborah Medeiros Baker, Vanessa Williams and Pamela Wint

Vanessa Williams, Bernd Beetz and Vera Wang

Beautiful and age-defying Vanessa Williams hosted the March of Dimes 33rd Annual Beauty Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC last night.

Event Co-Chairs Bernd Beetz, CEO of Coty Inc and designer Vera Wang were Event Co-Chairs for the charitable event.
The Annual Beauty Ball is one of the beauty industry's most anticipated social gatherings of the year. Patrons including celebrity stylists Deborah Medeiros Baker and Pamela Wint enjoyed dinner, auctions and acrobatic entertainment.

The March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through research, awareness and education.

Flashes: MUSEUM of the CITY OF NEW YORK Director's Council and DIOR's Winter Ball

Maggie Betts

Kelechi Odu

Wednesday night the MUSEUM of the CITY OF NEW YORK Director's Council and DIOR hosted the Winter Ball. Most of New York's high society was on the scene. Guests like fashionable socialites Maggie Betts and fashion designer, Kelechi Odu enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing throughout the museum.
(Photos:Patrick McMullan)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Lt. David Paterson to Become NY's 1st Black Governor

Lt. Governor David A. Paterson, who is New York’s first African-American lieutenant governor, will now become New York's first Black governor. The seasoned politician's status upgraded when his colleague, Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned this morning.

Mr. Paterson was elected New York’s lieutenant governor on November 7, 2006, but the legally blind politician has been getting his feet wet in the world of civil service for more than 20 years. In 1985, he was elected to represent Harlem in the New York State Senate and became the youngest senator in Albany when he was elected at age 35. In 2002, Paterson became the first non-white legislative leader in New York’s history to be elected as minority leader of the New York State Senate. Consistently making history, David Paterson became the became the first visually impaired person to address a Democratic National Convention. In fact, Paterson's father, Basil Paterson, is a historical black politician, being the first non-white secretary of state of New York and the first African-American vice-chair of the national Democratic Party.

Some of the issues David Paterson has addressed are: stronger action to fight against domestic violence, minority and female owned New York businesses, alternative energy strategies and proposing legislation for a $1 billion voter-approved stem cell research initiative. The Columbia University and Hofstra Law School graduate is also nationally recognized as a leading advocate for the visually and physically impaired. He's a member of the American Foundation for the Blind and serves on the board of directors of the the Achilles Track Club, an organization that sponsors disabled athletes and disabled veterans competing in marathons.

David Paterson resides in Harlem with his wife, Michelle Paige, and their two children, Ashley and Alex. He will be in office until he has to campaign for re-election in 2010.

Congratulation and Good Luck Governor Paterson!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Vintage Music Mondays: Public Enemy's "Fight the Power"

Public Enemy's "Fight the Power"

Hey Everybody!! I'm still recuperating from my trip to Atlanta. I spent time visiting family and had a blast! This daylight savings time is killing me though.

Anyhow, here's one of my fave hip-hop joints of all time, Public Enemy's essential, controversial 1989 track "Fight the Power." When I hear this track I reminisce sooo hard. I loved PE's military drill team. Remember when Spike Lee opened his movie "Do the Right Thing" with Boriqua, Rosie Perez shaking it like a salt shaker to this song? Priceless. During this time period, crack was infesting in Black neighborhoods and gang wars were rampant, especially in Chicago and California. The government wasn't showing Black people any love during that time. It didn't matter if you were rich or poor, people were just so sick of the violence.

I wonder if Chuck D and Flavor Flav realized how powerful the lyrics were and what impact that song had on the community, past and present. The beat was so intoxicating. Nowadays, anyone fed up with their country's mismanagement can relate to this song, regardless of race or religion.
So, watch these YouTube clips and reminisce!

Watch Rosie Perez break it down in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Zoe Kravitz in Jay Z's New Video "I Know"

Check out Lenny Kravitz's daughter Zoe in Jay Z's new video "I Know." She's all grown up now!

Flashes: 27 Dresses Gala in UK

Keisha Buchanan and Amelle Berrabah

Danielle Lloyd and Mica Paris

Beverley Knight

The "27 Dresses" Gala Screening in Aid of the Lavender Trust was held Tuesday in London at the Apollo. The Gala was held in support of the breast cancer fund, The Lavender Trust.

British stars including R&B singer,Beverley Knight, Keisha Buchanan and Amelle Berrabah of pop group Sugarbabes, along with model Danielle Lloyd and crooner Mica Paris supported the important cause.

Lavender Trust is the only fund in the UK committed to addressing particular needs and concerns of women under the age of 50 who are diagnosed with breast cancer. There are 8000 women under-50 years of age who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the U.K.

Every March the Lavender Trust holds Lavender Week to raise awareness of issues facing younger women with breast cancer and to raise funding for Breast Cancer Care's services for younger women.

Evelynn Hammonds Set to Become Harvard's 1st Black Female Dean

Harvard University marked another milestone yesterday when they announced the appointment of Evelynn Hammonds to the superior position of Dean of Harvard College. This appointment will make Evelynn Hammonds' the first female and the first Black to be Dean at Harvard when she takes office on June 1st.

Hammonds, 55, served as a professor of the history of science and African-American studies, as well as Harvard’s senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity.

Dr.Hammonds served as founding director of the Center for the Study of Diversity in Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), before arriving at Harvard in 2002.

Hammonds is a graduate of Spelman College (where she earned a B.S. in Physics and also holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters)and the Georgia Institute of Technology(where she earned a B.E.E. in electrical engineering). She later received an S.M. in physics from MIT and earned a Ph.D. in the history of science at Harvard.

This phenomenal woman has also authored numerous literature including, Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City , 1880–1930 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999). In February 2008 she was named a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

Congratulations Dean Hammonds!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Flashes: The School of American Ballet 2008 Winter Ball

Judy Byrd Blaylock

Alexis Clark and Gillian Miniter

Barbara Vogelstein and Pamela Joyner
(Photos: Patrick McMullan)

Gala season is still in full effect and the sistas are still stepping out glamorous. Philanthropic socialites Judy Byrd Blaylock, Pamela Joyner (I love her dress) and Alexis Clark looked fabulous at the The School of American Ballet's Winter Ball in New York City.

Patrons enjoyed the Ball's dinner and performance at the New York State Theater. The Winter Ball is the SAB's highest earning benefit and the proceeds supports many facets of the school including: the ballet training program, faculty, student programs and studios.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Vintage Music Mondays: Cameo's "Word Up"

Here's funk group Cameo performing their 80's hit "Word Up" on Arsenio Hall's late night talk show.

Society Stars: Jayneoni Moore's "Readalicious" Book Bash

Philanthropist and Celebrity style maven, Jayneoni Moore hosted the "Readalicious" Book Bash this weekend in Century City, California. The purpose of the Readalicious campaign is to provide new books to children, as well as raise awareness of the scarcity of literature available to children in economically challenged neighborhoods.

Adult and child celebrities like, Tichina Arnold, Ali Landry and Justin Martin came out and supported the event. Children from various shelters and clubs including the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club had the opportunity to create their own books in a Crayola sponsored arts and crafts area. They also children re-named the celebrities in attendance. Moore was called “Beyonce”, Shar Jackson was re-named “Janet Jackson”, Ali Landry became “Hannah Montana”, Justin Martin became “P Diddy”, Kelly Rutherford was named “Jessica Simpson”, and giant William Romeo (Mayhem) was the pint-sized “Gary Coleman”. When the celebrities read to the children, they took on their NEW celebrity names and personas. ¨ American Gladiators’ Mayhem, a very pregnant Jodie Sweetin (yes the little girl from 80's/90's sitcom Full House), and children actor stars Sammi Hanratty, Jeannette McCurdy, and Madison Davenport blew bubbles and ate peanut butter cookies with kids from the Watts Boys and Girls Club at the Readalicious Book Bash on Saturday.

The Jayneoni Moore Foundation in partnership with Read Across America and The California Teachers Association created the The Readalicious Bag-O-Books Campaign.
This Campaign has supplied over 1,000 children, this spring alone, with school bags bursting with literature from prominent publishing companies such as Kane/Miller Publishing, Blue Apple Books and Simon & Schuster.

Jayneoni is a huge advocate of local non-profit organizations that address domestic violence and terminally ill children. She has hosted other successful philanthropic events including her Jayneoni Moore Children's Fund Big Baby Shower and Hollywood Baby Boom Boom Room.

It's always good karma when one uses their success to help the less fortunate. In the near future I'll tell you more about Jayneoni Moore and her plans.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Society Stars: DAF's 3rd Annual "Don't Stop the Music Gala"

Vernon Jones with guest and Dallas Austin

Shelly Hardrutt-Hill ,Kevin Michael and Catherine Brewton

Valeria Jackson and George Clinton

Grammy winning producer and songwriter,Dallas Austin held his 3rd Annual "Don't stop the Music" Gala at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. Austin founded the Dallas Austin Foundation (DAF)501(c)(3)in 2003 with a goal of exposing youth to the art of music and film. Television anchor Jovita Moore and actor Orlando Jones hosted the gala.

Patrons dined and enjoyed performances by Gladys Knight, George Clinton and Fantasia Barrino. Comedian, Cedric the Entertainer hosted the live auction. Guests bid on an array of items including a private condo for a week in South Beach, a Todd Murphy Original and a one-on-one workout with Atlanta Falcons’ Fullback, Ovie Mughelli.

Music industry insiders, socialites and local celebs attended the philanthropic soiree. Singer, Kevin Michael, V.P. of Writer-Publisher Relations/BMI Catherine Brewton and Shelly Hardrutt-Hill were on the set. Dekalb County CEO and founding member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity/Stone Mountain Alumni Chapter, Vernon Jones also made an appearance. Dallas brought along his 2 adorable sons for the entertaining evening.