Archive for the ‘African-American Culture’ Category

Parties & Events: VH1 Basketball Wife Evelyn Lazada Hosts Amaris Jones Birthday Party

March 19, 2010
Amaris Jones (r) and Evelyn Lozada 
 Shoe designer Lisa Pilner and Al Reynolds.
 Amaris shows off one of her birthday gifts. 
Tracy Mourning and Evelyn Lozada share a hug.

Amaris strikes a pose. 
 Amaris with Evelyn (in Christian Louboutin’s)
Evelyn Lozada, one of the stars of VH1’s upcoming Basketball Wives reality show (produced by Shaunie O’Neal) hosted a birthday party for Miami’s Elite Home & Lifestyle Management firm owner, Amaris Jones at Mr. Chow’s in South Beach.

Parties & Events: Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon…the Good…

March 5, 2010
Jada Pinkett Smith
Tomiko Frasier
Tichina Arnold
Zoe Saldana
Serena Williams
Queen Latifah
Laila Ali
Garcelle Beauvais
Viola Davis…one day she’ll figure out what to do with her hands.
Tatyana Ali
Mary J. Blige…Nice color MJB.
Camille Winbush…Where did those tatas come from?
Vanessa Williams…Very nice.
Taraji P. Henson
Tamera and Tia Mowry
Lela Rochon Fuqua…still gorgeous and your husband is fione!
Holly Robinson Peete
Vivica still a Fox.
CCH Pounder
KeKe Palmer. Such a cutie. 
 LeToya Luckett
Paula Patton
Victoria Rowell
Tracie Thoms
Alfre Woodard
and now for the bad….
No Ms. Keri Hilson!
Gabourey Sidibe: You’ve done better Gabby.
Joy Bryant was not a joy in this outfit.
Don’t call her Miss Ross’ daughter: Tracee Ellis Ross is a don’t. Sorry girl.
Lisa Cortes…should’ve made the jacket a dress. Not feeling this floral frock.
Uhh-unh Shaun Robinson. We no likey.
Malinda Williams: Too much weave…and why do you keep losing these fine men??
Mary Mary is scary-scary. No ladies. No.
Nia Long: Yeah we know you still got it girl, but uh…no.
 Kyla Pratt: Too much weave, and it’s a little lopsided.
Cicely Tyson…is that a bird. 
Kimberly Elise…if this were a summer wedding and yu were the bride yes.

Essence Magazine hosted their annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon yesterday at the Beverly Hills Hotel yesterday.

Parties & Events: Alicia Keys & Friends Live on

January 8, 2010

Alicia Keys was joined by friends for an online concert of sorts for at the Apollo Theater on Thursday evening. Melanie Fiona,  Raheem Devaughn and  Richie Rich were just a few of her guests.

Melanie Fiona, Raheem DeVaughn and Elle Varner.
McKenna with Alicia Keys.

Fashion Feature: Eunice W. Johnson April 4, 1916- January 3, 2010

January 5, 2010
 Mrs. Johnson is escorted by former President Bill Clinton at her husband’s funeral in 2004.

Eunice W. Johnson, widow of Ebony and Jet magazines publisher died from renal heart failure at her Chicago home Sunday night.

The 93-year old fashion icon was instrumental in the success of the Johnson Publishing empire which included the Ebony Fashion Fair and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Johnson, a native of Alabama worked alongside husband John when he first introduced Ebony magazine in 1945. Mrs. Johnson quit her job to stand alongside her man as he created what would be come the voice of African-Americans in this country.

Born in Alabama to the parentage of Dr. Nathaniel D. Walker, a well-respected physician and his educator wife Ethel McAlpine Walker, Mrs. Johnson graduated from Talladega College where she majored in sociology with a minor in art and joined the Alpha Zeta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago.

Ever stylish and graceful, Mrs. Johnson always had a passion for fashion, art and culture, and she enjoyed interior design as well. Her service as executive director of the Ebony Fashion Fair placed her among fashion’s elite and she was never to busy to lend her time or money to those in need. Mrs. Johnson supported numerous community and educational charities.

It is rare that one gets to accomplish as much as Mrs. Johnson did in her ninety-three years. Some of us can only hope to do half as much. It is with great empathy that I honor Eunice W. Johnson and the legacy she leaves behind.

Celebrity News & Gossip: Esperanza Spalding Entertain for Obama Nobel Peace Prize Gala

December 10, 2009

Talented and beautiful, vocalist and bassists Esperanza Spalding brightened her star when she got to entertain the Obamas and guests at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Handpicked by President Obama, the Oregon native played jazz music instead of the traditional classical music after he accepted his award. See more of the story on

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Entertainment: NBA Wives Get a Shot on VH1

December 8, 2009

Amidst a bitter separation from husband Shaquille, Shaunie O’Neal is gearing up to executive produce her own reality show for VH1.

The show, aptly titled Basketball Wives, will air on March 15th. Shaunie will also be featured as a cast member. Her co-stars will include Mesha O’Neal (Jermaine O’Neal), Evelyn Lozada (ex-fiancee of Antoine Walker, and Jennifer Williams (Eric Williams).

Since it is likely that Shaunie and Shaq will divorce, it will be interesting to see how this show plays out. Let’s just hope it doesn’t put yet another stain on society’s tarnished images of black women…But hey, it is VH1.

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Fashion News Feature: Shopping While Black

December 8, 2009

Watch the video first. And feel free to post your comments after. ABC conducts these “What Would You Do?” episodes with some surprising results….

This is probably one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen. As a black woman, I have indeed seen certain behavior exuded by employees when I enter a store. In some stores on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, boutique employees are adamant about watching certain types of people. Do celebrities get treated this way? One can only wonder, as of course you’ve seen tabloids with celebs, black and white plastered all over the pages.

I was in Loehmann’s here in Los Angeles about a month ago where at least three times I’ve been there, I have witnessed people shoplifting, none of them were black. Most recently a woman was escorted from the store and paraded past customers in handcuffs after she attempted to leave the store with stolen merchandise. She was not black.

For the retailers who automatically assume that black people steal, you’d better check your memos again. The average shoplifter is the middle-aged white woman who doesn’t work for a living a.k.a. The Soccer Mom. And if you feel you have been discriminated against, do something about it. If you’re stopped by security, frisked, or questioned, get the names of every person you talk to in the store and take pictures if you have a digital camera. Hard evidence cannot be disputed. Though racial discrimination of any kind is nothing new , it does prove that even with a Black President, some things just never die.

— O 

CFB Photos: Gabrielle Union @ The Orlando Hennessey Black Launch

December 5, 2009

My fellow Bay Area chocolate fashionista Gabrielle Union was on hand to celebrate the Hennessey Black launch in Orlando, Florida. The cognac which remains the beverage of choice among men and women all over urban USA, introduced the cognac in limited markets across the country earlier this year.

CFB Photos: Halle Berry Honored at the Women in Entertainment Breakfast

December 4, 2009
Halle Berry is beautiful in looks and in spirit. 
Oscar-award winning actress Halle Berry was honored at the annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Beverly Hills. She received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. Hillary Swank gave the keynote address. Halle volunteers at the Jenessee Center and is their chairperson for the Year of Giving campaign.The breakfast was hosted by the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Halle with Eva Longoria and keynote speaker Hillary Swank.
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Style Reads: Alicia Keys Covers Uptown Magazine’s Holiday Issue

December 4, 2009

Uptown Magazine rounds out the year with it’s usual classically elegant editorial. The December ’09/January ’10 issue features R&B songstress Alicia Keys on the cover and is packed with page turning info.

Must Reads: 

2009 Best-Dressed List (See next post) 
The Chef’s Feast 
Culture: Nelson George
Music: Blame it on the Henny 

The Art of Giving 

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