Ebony magazine staff writer Lola Ogunnaike mentioned us in the August 2011 Ebony magazine featuring playwright/director Tyler Perry on the cover!


TUCKED AWAY IN A DIMLY LIT corner inside Manhattan’s fabulously hip restaurant, Hotel Griffou, is where you’ll find New York socialite and philanthropist Shelly B. Bronfman (née Brewer). Her three children–Hannah, Benjamin and Vanessa–surround her for a family portrait. As the cameraman dips and dodges about the space, insisting that they “smile” and give him “more energy,” Ben lobs a knock-knock joke that bombs. “I’d laugh, but I can’t breath,” says Vanessa, who has wrapped herself in a chiffon skirt and lovely cream corset.

   They look like any other close-knit clan–and in most ways they are. But in one very major way they are not: Sherry’s ex-husband and father of her brood is none other than Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, Seagram’s heir and one of the wealthiest men in America. He also happens to be white and Jewish, facts that still manages to shock–at least in the blogosphere.

  In a post titled “Who Knew Edgar Bronfman’s Kids Were Mixed?” the highly trafficked blogger Sandra Rose seemed utterly surprised to have unearthed “Black Bronfmans.” Until now, not much has been written about the former Mrs. Bronfman, who is African American, or her biracial children. Long ago, she made the decision to shelter them from the limelight, and they’ve also shied away from publicity. “I wanted them to have a childhood,” says Bronfman. “One of the greatest gifts you can give a kid is a childhood.”

   Now that the kids are finding success as budding entrepreneurs, the glare of the spotlight has proven to be both unavoidable and inevitable. Rather than run from exposure, they’ve chosen to embrace it these days. Naturally it’s good for business but it also offers them an opportunity to dispel the notion that all children are born into wealth and ambitionless trust fund brats who shop all day and party all night.

  “I really hate the current perception of rich kids,” says Ben, 28, a musician and eco-friendly entrepreneur. “People think Paris Hilton or Nicole Richie. But we’re not into being famous for fame’s sake. We want to be known for our accomplishments, the things that we’ve achieved. I’ve avoided that other stuff like the plague.”

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Bronfman family portrait by ANTHONY BARBOZA / KENBARBOZA.COM

  • Eb

    :clap:

  • http://blogtalkradio.com/theolaandkeyshow daprinceofradio

    Ebony giving credit. where credit is DUE!

  • mrsloveleigh

    Go ahead Auntie!!!! Get your props!

  • Hard Hitter

    Is the artist MIA associated with the fam?

  • vero

    :applause: @ Sandra, especially since they went to look for 2008 post !!!!!
    :cheers:

    But I have NO idea who these people are :shrugs:

  • Dawn Sheen

    That’s my boo, bravo zulu Sandra… finally properly cited as a credible source! ;)

  • laykeya

    vero says:

    @ Sandra, especially since they went to look for 2008 post !!!!!

    But I have NO idea who these people are

    :cosign: They’re a beautiful family though.

  • Al-Ameera

    Don’t get to big on us Sandra. LOL

  • nine4ya19062000

    :steer:Always ahead of others! GO AUNTIE!!!

  • WUTWUZMISSIN!

    Sandra found her way in the mix again!! :rofl: You are so Infamous.. I mean Influential…. :hahaha:

  • Tyzgurl

    Hard Hitter says:

    Is the artist MIA associated with the fam?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I think she is engaged/married to the son……

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/oskamill?blend=1&ob=4#p/u/5/nySOaf9LxWk Friskme KI$$E$

    @vero there go @dawn for ya

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/oskamill?blend=1&ob=4#p/u/5/nySOaf9LxWk Friskme KI$$E$

    :dead: @ wut’s gravi……

  • Hard Hitter

    Tyz
    Okay… I knew it was something

  • rockstar

    Hard Hitter says:

    Is the artist MIA associated with the fam?

    —————————————————————-

    she has a baby by the son

  • vero

    :rofl: @ WUT

    hey Dawn !!! :waves:

    :offtopic: i can’t stand the rain grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Tyzgurl

    Cute girls. I’m liking the little lace dress on the little one…. I love it when young ladies look like young ladies.

    My little cousin came to visit when she graduated from school. I thought she meant high school…this heifer just graduated from middle school!!! Smdh.

    :no:

  • http://twitter.com/_imOther_ Mamacita

    Congrats Sandra :party:

    Tyler Perry is worth $350 mil? Aiiiiiight then! :applause:

    Glad the kids are doing well.

  • WUTWUZMISSIN!

    Friskme KI$$E$ says:

    @ wut’s gravi……

    ——————
    :lol: Like I said in an earlier post, Im submit her picture so they can consider her for the next SunDrop Soda Commercial
    “Drop it like its hot…”

  • CHA CHA

    :applause: GO ON THEN SANDRITA CARNITAS!

  • Hard Hitter

    Rockstar
    Thanks….I thought there was some connection

  • vero

    I HATE the rain, but my flowers are growing and i’m NOT a flower person !! yay!!!!

  • H-Townmama

    :applause: for auntie Sandra!!!!
    Hello SR peeps :biggrin:

  • Hard Hitter

    In the family pic… the one in the middle looks like Brandy’s mom

  • http://twitter.com/eastpointvet eastpointvet

    congrats auntie now take your nephew out to celebrate

  • ELove

    “I wanted them to have a childhood,” says Bronfman. “One of the greatest gifts you can give a kid is a childhood.”

    NOW that’s an Intelligent and Caring WOMAN (Right There…) :coffee:

    And KUDOS to YOU Ms. Sandra !!! :thumbsup:

  • blunt

    :thumbsup:

    How about an article on how the Bronfman family initially developed their wealth

  • FLOATY T

    Sandra, can you imagine how many more people are going to be googling you! Your high traffic blog is about to become a phat freeway! :steer:

    :partyhat:

    CONGRATS on the mention!

  • FLOATY T

    Like I said in an earlier post, Im submit her picture so they can consider her for the next SunDrop Soda Commercial
    “Drop it like its hot…”

    :shocked:

    I think she gonna get it too!

    Hey @ WUT please to meet your acquaintance!!!

  • vero

    @ WUT are you sure she can stand back up with all that butt weight she’s carrying? :shrugs:

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Hard Hitter says:

    Is the artist MIA associated with the fam?
    _______________

    She’s married to Benjamin Bronfman and they have a son, now 2 years old.

  • http://mylifeinthesun782.blogspot.com Ms. Everything

    Beautiful family and :cosign: Tyz I love seeing young girls dressed their age. Seems like they’ve been raised right :thumbsup: to the parents

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    blunt says:

    How about an article on how the Bronfman family initially developed their wealth
    __________________

    It’s right there in the story: Edgar Bronfman Jr, their father, is CEO of the Warner Music Group record label AND he’s heir to the Seagrams (liquor) fortune. The kids were born into money.

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    @ Ms. Everything: Mrs. Bronfman gets all the credit. She raised those kids practically by herself. :)

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    Thanks to everyone for the kudos and for reading my blog! :thumbsup:

  • Hard Hitter

    Sandra
    Thanks. She doesn’t have to make nan nother hit.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Birdshu Bird

    Cool Miss Sandra. You know all the enlightened sistas find their way to your blog. Including magazine folks and news folks. This is our online gathering place. :)

    Hey to all my journalist sistas out there!!! Thanks for the look!

  • Tyzgurl

    Ms. Everything says:

    Beautiful family and Tyz I love seeing young girls dressed their age. Seems like they’ve been raised right to the parents

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I agree! I have a 4 year old, and I want to keep her a little girl for as long as I can. I had such a hard time finding a swimsuit for her. All the ones they had for sale were bikinis. I feel that’s not appropriate for a little girl, especially MY little girl. I’m searching for that ole’ school one piece…….

  • Zoe B.

    Beautiful family

  • howmanylicks_07

    Why are people shocked still that a (rich) white man will hide his black family. Some people need to wake up and see racism still exist. His white coworkers prob. wouldnt of accepted her. Like Kanye said U still a blank in a Benz. Hell, how long did it take for Thomas Jefferson’s black family to be out in the open.

  • H-Townmama

    @Tyz
    I got my 5 yr old a one piece on sale at Target months ago. It was cute but simple. Land’s End also has some really nice ones, but they are more pricey.

  • Tyzgurl

    :offtopic:

    Sandra, can you do a post on the ex-cop who set up his girlfriend/mistress to be killed by his son and friend because she wanted him to leave his wife/to further their relationship? It was here in Chicago.

  • Tyzgurl

    Oh, and the sonafabish paid his friend $400 to do it. That’s what this single mother’ life was worth……….smdh.

  • Tyzgurl

    H-Townmama says:

    @Tyz
    I got my 5 yr old a one piece on sale at Target months ago. It was cute but simple. Land’s End also has some really nice ones, but they are more pricey.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Thanks! Target is right up my alley. I’m not trying to pay a bundle since these kids seem to grow every twenty minutes! Lmao.

  • http://www.glamshoponline.com/ BLACKBARBIE404

    CONGRATS AUNTIE!

    SHINE ON!!!!

  • http://www.glamshoponline.com/ BLACKBARBIE404

    But we’re not into being famous for fame’s sake. We want to be known for our accomplishments, the things that we’ve achieved. I’ve avoided that other stuff like the plague.”

    __________________________________________________________________

    I LOVE THAT!

  • CHA CHA

    Floaty Is that you in the gravi :cheer:

  • laykeya

    @TYZgirl what you say now? :blink: source please

  • H-Townmama

    :love:

    HEY CHA!!!!!

  • laykeya

    This is a blog why not just say what you want insteada playing dumb games. :rolleyes:

  • CHA CHA

    laykeya says:

    This is a blog why not just say what you want insteada playing dumb games.
    :karate: who fluckin with LAYHOBURGER :karate:

    HEY HTOWN…WHAT IT DO MAMAS :hug:

  • H-Townmama

    Holding it down is all! How are you?

  • laykeya

    @chacha were you absent in the last post? shyts dumb to me!

  • CHA CHA

    @ Htown… Celebrating my lil firecrackers bday..chile wait till your lils come of age… 9 and the chick thinks she is Sharpei on the Disney Channel :smack: I have to limit her tv time

    @Laykeya… I was in and out sugah. There is always a subliminal being thrown around but dont let that shyt fluck your day up! Going forward, handle yo beez… take a note out of CHIBY’s books, that chick stay on the defense.. Call them like you see them! Im cool with most so if you eva feel some slight/slick shyt coming from me directed towards you, feel free to pull my Ho card :wink:

    For the record I told you I thought you favored the actress Shondrella..it wasnt a jab in anyway… did you ever google her?

  • laykeya

    Chacha yeah I google her and for the record I look way better than her(#modest) but umm yeah everyday I walk out the door niggas holla(not just niggas as in black men but men in general I call white guys niggas too lol) but yeah I know i’m fly but it be the gravi-less niggas tsalking the most shyt. I never attacked anyone’s appearance on here. Even bitches who think they cute but look like lucy(the first homo sapien discovered but yeah I’m still sipping. And trust nigs don’t want me to go in. My tongue is like a sword.

  • Che

    Where is the news of the split of J-Lo?

  • laykeya

    I’ve been told I’m not very photogenic

  • laykeya

    Oh and happy Birthday lil chahca!

  • binks

    Tyzgurl
    Cute girls. I’m liking the little lace dress on the little one…. I love it when young ladies look like young ladies.
    *******
    :preach: But interesting family and the kids seem to have a good head on their shoulders thanks to their mom. I never got the overexposure with kids in the media

  • CHA CHA

    :woot: Sometimes you gotta let it be known!

    Now come here LAYHOBUGGAH … lemme pour you another drank!

    OAN: Thanks to you and everyone else that gave my Lil Princess a shout out :hug:

    HAVE A GOOD WEEKEDN :cya:

  • laykeya

    thanks :cya:

  • Myopinion

    Sandra Rose says:

    Thanks to everyone for the kudos and for reading my blog! :thumbsup:
    ________________________

    :bow: Sandra is my new hero :bow: Way to go :cheer1:

  • H-Townmama

    @Cha
    They working me like the Hebrew Slaves :sad:
    I am sending hugs, kisses and a lil wine your way!!!! They grow up so fast, huh?

  • http://mylifeinthesun782.blogspot.com Ms. Everything

    Tyz I completely understand I have a 4 year old too and my relatives tend to buy my girls 2 pieces and I hate it. I only by 1 pieces for all my girls and no super short shorts with halters and all that

  • peanutbuttercup

    Go head Ms. Sandra Rose, keep reaching for the top. I’m very proud of you.

  • http://mylifeinthesun782.blogspot.com Ms. Everything

    Oh and my son is forbidden to wear skinny jeans and all his pants have to fit at the waist without a belt… I’m really strict when it comes to that lol

  • http://mylifeinthesun782.blogspot.com Ms. Everything

    @howmanylicks… I don’t think he’s hiding his family at all.. he’s been photographed with his daughter, his wife and he were married for 11-12 years and it says in the article that they made the decision to keep their kids out of the limelight and let them have their childhood (which was a good decision). This man’s father was upset that he married a black woman yet he stayed married to that black woman for longer than alot of folks last and had three kids. I’m pretty sure if he was hiding them he wouldn’t have done all that. Every white man is not evil or racist and this story right here has nothing to do with Thomas Jefferson’s ass knocking up one of his slaves.

  • Redeemed777

    Please understand the word ” Genesis ”

    A child is what the father is ( hence, that is why you name the child after their father)

    These children ARE NOT BLACK regardless of their skin tone. The one drop rule is A BLOODY LIE FABRICATED TO DISTORT THE TRUTH.

    Halle Berry’s daughter aint black either!

    You are what your father is…

    No where in the Bible does it say you are what your mother is. NOWHERE.

  • rockstar

    True that Redeemed777, you are what you father is. That’s why the name is passed down thru the male child. It’s sad that because of slavery we only know a skin color, but not our nationality. You can have several nations with the same skin color, but different nationalities. Being black/brown is a color, but not a nation. When The Creator chooses is when we will know who we are. That one drop rule is for the birds………

  • Redeemed777

    Moreover, their father ( edgar whatever his name is ) IS NOT A JEW. Please understand that.

    The real JEWS are those who come from the Tribe of Judah ( Jew being the short version of Judah )

    Who are the people of the Tribe of Judah?

    YOU negroes who are descendants of Israel are of the Tribe of Judah!!!! Please read the entire Chapter 28 of the book of DEUTERONOMY to understand that YOU negroes are the Israelites that the Bible speaks of.

    It is high-time that the REAL JEWS & ISRAELITES understand who they are. ALL THESE FAKES RUNNING ROUND AMERICA CALLING THEMSELVES JEWS…..YOU BETTER GO READ

    REVELATION 2:9 and REVELATION 3:9 ;

    ” I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them WHICH SAY THEY ARE JEWS, AND ARE NOT, but are the synagogue of Satan. [ Revelations 2:9 KJV ]

    ” Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, WHICH SAY THEY ARE JEWS, AND ARE NOT, BUT DO LIE; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” [ Revelations 3:9 KJV ]

    Understand your TRUE HISTORY.

  • Redeemed777

    @rockstar

    I love what you said: ” ..When The Creator chooses is when we will know who we are..”

    True Israelites ( especially JUDAH ) have been lied to for so long, it aint even funny no more.

    JUDAH is the head tribe in-charge of others Israelite tribes, and MASTER OF ALL OTHER NATIONS WHICH ARE NOT ISRAELITES.

    ALL OTHER NATIONS ( especially EDOM ) WILL BOW TO JUDAH, WHEN THE TIME FOR FULFILLMENT COMES..

    AND THERE IS NOTHING NOBODY CAN DO ABOUT IT. PRAISE BE TO GOD!

  • xo

    WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? WHO CARES?

  • datsmdubya2u

    at XO :cosign: and why is it so many people on here that don’t want them to be black? Ain’t nothing wrong with them being black or biracial. They are not white in the US.

  • ELove

    @Redeemed777 SAID:
    A child is what the father is ( hence, that is why you name the child after their father)

    These children ARE NOT BLACK regardless of their skin tone. The one drop rule is A BLOODY LIE FABRICATED TO DISTORT THE TRUTH.

    Halle Berry’s daughter aint black either!

    You are what your father is…

    No where in the Bible does it say you are what your mother is. NOWHERE.

    ^^^
    DON’T want to talk about the BIBLE but I DO want to touch on the HYPOCRISY and PROPAGANDA behind DESTROYING The Black Man’s IMAGE of BEING Strong & Head of the Household (Real…)

    The UNITY-n-STRENGTH that ONCE Defined OUR Black Culture & Existence has been Systematically SHATTERED and It was a MISSION For ALL YT Americans ever since BLACK MEN were no longer had CHAINS Around their Neck, Hands & Feet… Because EVER SINCE The Black Man has stood TOE-to-TOE with the YT Man (BOTH Physically and Mentally) The BLACK MAN has been the ENEMY out of PURE Jealousy, Envy, Inferiority Insanity and ALL-OUT FEAR of OUR Sheer Presence and Greatness that makes THEM (The YT Man…) Shrivel to the SIZE OF A ROACH that runs for cover when you Cut The LIGHTS ON (WORD!!!) :coffee:

  • ELove

    The IMAGES that the media uphold as Black MEN aren’t EVEN BLACK MEN… They are IGNORANT, MINDLESS, Women-HATING and INSANELY SELFISH Black MALES !!!

    Russel Simmons, P-Diddy along with ALL These OTHER TYPES the media portray as Perfect Examples of BLACK MEN are DL-Suspect Dyck-Luving, FEMALE HATING, Pieces-of-SHYT Individuals and THEIR Money & Fame can’t change THOSE FACTS regarding Them… The VAST MAJORITY of the High-Profile Professional Athletes are Complete SELLOUTS and Everybody is Well Aware of the Homo-Thug RAPPERS that dominate the Hip-POP Culture… And the Media makes sure to SHOW THESE CLOWNS OFF as Black MEN and THEY are the farthest thing from being A BLACK MAN (Real…)

    And the U.S. Drug-Trade which was ORIGINALLY DESIGNED to just effect the Black Community has in fact turned OUR Country into a Violent Wasteland that has AFFECTED EVERY City within the U.S. regardless of Race/Ethnic background because Drug-ADDICTION and Drug-Related Crimes Are COLOR-BLIND and a EQUAL OPPORTUNITY Catastrophe !!!

    YET as planned the BLACK COMMUNITY is the MOST PENALIZED for Drug-Crimes when you count the SHEER MASSIVE Numbers of Black individuals that are Imprisoned and Murdered due to the Drug-Game (WORD) :coffee:

  • ELove

    And Let’s talk about the Definitions of Black MEN that the Media and YT America wants to portray like Convicted Felons, Absentee Dads, Dead-Beat fathers, Baby Daddy and DL-Suspect Men… ALL of these instances of MEN could be avoided if THE FEMALES were Actually WOMEN with a Functioning Brain and Compassion (Stay with Me NOW…)

    There was a time WHEN The BLACK MAN was the Provider and Protector of HIS Family regardless of whatever FLAWS the Woman and/or Family knew of… From Adultery to Alcoholism the Black Family stayed together and that kept the YT Man from being able to come in THAT House & Rape his Wife & KIDS and Burn down their House Down (Together as ONE FAMILY !!!)

    So NOW just like YT has SYSTEMATICALLY Reduced the number of VIABLE MALE Candidates the CHANCE to BECOME A MAN… The Number of WOMAN has shrunk EVEN Larger from the VICES GEARED Towards turning Females against Black MEN going back to the BEGINNING of THIS Comment… So there are a LARGE NUMBER of FEMALES (NOT Women…) who HATE & DESPISE Black MEN because of the SIMPLE-Mindedness for taking the BAIT to help destroy the IMAGE OF THE BLACK MAN (MF-ing Real)

    And I don’t expect Typical FEMALES to understand where I’m coming from because YOU are part of the problem I speak of… BUT I do EXPECT Females that are striving to become a WOMAN, Black Women and REAL Black WOMEN to FULLY Understand what I’m talking About :coffee:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    :applause: Go Auntie!! Ur status is rising everyday. I’m proud of u woman :champ: :heart:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg Fayla aka JuicyFruit

    Oh and lovely family :thumbsup: been knew about them though, it was a scandal back in the day when they married..

  • laykeya

    @Elove I don’t even know if you will see this. But you are exactly right about yt. That is the same thing they did to the Indians they destroyed all sense of self they introduced violence into that society as they did with us, the Africans. They would beat them if they even spoke in their native tongue. It’s the old adage, divide and concur. And it has always worked. But our people are so brainwashed that they don’t even notice. But I don’t wanna get to deep.

  • laykeya

    That’s why I don’t talk shyt about my black men feel me!

  • Bev Langley

    I remember hearing about this many years ago while they were still a couple. I even remember the photo I once saw of the couple. Mrs. Bronfman was very beautiful. They made a gorgeous couple. The fact that two people of different races could fall in love is not new. The reality that it still surprises and shocks people when the woman is the one who is African- American, shows how backward we still are as people. The black male stars and white wives are commonplace today. Why does the reverse surprise? Are we shocked by the fact that Mr. Bronfman is uber – wealthy and could love a woman of a different race? Don’t be surprised love, money and race are separate issues. Race is only an issue if we choose room make it an issue.

  • Ronald Macafee

    If we choose to make it an issue??Whites made color and race an issue everywhere they went as a ruling strategy.White men have always killed the Blackmales and spared(raped)the Blackfemales.In slavery some whites lived with Blackfemales while simultaneously practicing deadly racism-white supremacy with other Blacks.Some white racist would marry Black others wouldnot.There are klansmen that would defend their Black mammy but lynch other Blacks,such is the nature of white supremacy.In theory all Black leadership in America could be married or dating whites and Blacks would still be oppressed and the blind bloggers would still say”what beautiful couples”,love is blind,not caring that this type of leadership is straight sellout.Any other people would be suspicious of their leadership being in conjugal relations with the enemy.This is especially true during war time and struggle.That white Jewish or Gentile money is not going to rollover into the Black community;in fact if she were wealthy and married a lessor white the divorced;her money wlul roll

  • Ronald Macafee

    addendum…her Black money woul roll over into the WHITE community.