Comedian and radio host Steve Harvey, 54, danced onstage with his lovely wife Marjorie Harvey during his 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani's on Wall Street in NYC yesterday (April 4).
Reality TV personality and entrepreneur Angela Simmons, 23, posed with her uncle Russell Simmons, 53, at the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani's on Wall Street in NYC yesterday.
Director Tyler Perry, 41, left, and comedian Steve Harvey attended the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani's in NYC yesterday. Mr. Perry generously purchased a block of ads on Sandrarose.com a while back. We appreciate him.
Businesswoman Malaak Compton-Rock and her husband, comedian Chris Rock, 46, attended the 2nd annual Steve Harvey Foundation Gala yesterday in NYC. Everyone looked so nice!
Photos by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America
Singer Ciara just tweeted this pic of herself rocking a pair of Air Jordan Retro 9's at the Hill Street Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta this morning.
Later this afternoon she's off to the 2nd Annual Sprite Step Off Challenge at the Fox Theater in midtown. The step show starts at 5p.m.
I attended this same event last year at the Atlanta Civic Center. If you recall, controversy raged when the 1st prize of $100,000 in scholarships was awarded to the all-white Epsilon chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha out of Arkansas.
The white girls killed it at the majority black competition last year. They electrified the crowd with a dazzling step routine that clocked in at just under 9 minutes. But almost immediately after this video hit the 'nets, accusations of "the fix was in!" began sounding from HBCUs across the country.
Black sorors complained bitterly that MTV (and their sponsor, Coca Cola which distributes Sprite) wanted a step crew winner that was more in line with their targeted demographic.
So what if the white women stole parts of their routines from black step crews? The truth is that the all-black Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha from Indiana University (who came in 2nd last year) should have stepped their game up a notch instead of acting like it was a dance competition.
The Zeta Tau Alpha girls should have been the sole winners because they stayed true to the historical black traditions of intricate stepping, call and response.
Well, to quiet the uproar (and to appease the media who began making inquiries), Coca-Cola announced that due to a "scoring discrepancy," both the The Zeta Tau Alpha girls (white) and the Tau Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha step crew (black), would be recognized as co-winners.
Naturally the outrage and indignation was split along racial lines, with white college students yelling racism right along with the HBCUs. Coca Cola's excuses about scoring discrepancies fell on deaf ears.
"Why won’t they let YT be great!!!!!! I swear black people won’t let white people have anything," was just one of the sampling of comments left on an all-white message board.
Probably due to the 2010 controversy, this year's competition at the Fox Theater has been scaled down.
Instead of V-103's Ryan Cameron hosting (as he did last year) -- they have someone named DJ Rock-T of the Tavis Smiley Show handling the hosting duties.
Ciara will perform during the competition. Lots of tickets are still available at $20.
At one time Beyonce Knowles was the reigning queen of Pop -- until she stumbled and was forced to give up her crown to Rihanna. Apparently she has never fully recovered from that public humiliation. Slowly, the paparazzi who once famously stalked Bey, stopped showing up at her appearances. Now I'm told that Bey's people frequently call the wire services with Bey's schedule, but to no avail. The paparazzi just aren't interested in her any more. These pictures surfaced online over the weekend. They show a pale Beyonce with no makeup walking to her waiting limo with her loyal bodyguard, Julius. These new pictures have ignited old rumors that Beyonce is ill. I hope she's okay.
Socialite Paris Hilton, 30, posed with a black baby at the Starlight Children's Foundation 2011 "A Stellar Night" Gala in Century City, CA over the weekend. Hilton is still reeling from accusations of racism after shocking quotes attributed to her from an upcoming book surfaced online last week.
According to the LA Times, a book entitled "Everyone Loves You When You're Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness" by Neil Strauss contains an encounter he had with the party loving heiress in 1999. Supposedly, Hilton met a biracial guy at another party the previous evening.
Hilton pointed the guy out to Strauss and said, "We were making out, but then we went somewhere where it was bright and I saw that he was black and made an excuse and left. I can't stand black guys. I would never touch one. It's gross." When Strauss asked Hilton, "How black does a guy have to be?" she allegedly responded, "One percent is enough for me."
Everyone is at odds these days with pop singer Rihanna who has transformed herself from a much-loved international superstar into a bitch with an attitude problem. Rihanna angered billionaire Donald Trump by not showing up to perform at his cancer fundraiser as planned.
The Donald reportedly paid Rihanna a staggering $500,000 to sing for an hour at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on Saturday (Feb. 19). But Rihanna's people canceled the gig at the last minute claiming she was sick with bronchitis and couldn't fly to Florida.
Miraculously, the next day Rihanna recovered enough to give a high energy performance during half time at the NBA All Star game. Later that night she hosted an intimate 23rd birthday party for herself at a posh Beverly Hills mansion for about 100 of her closest friends and family, including Jay Z, Beyonce, Drake, Christina Milian, Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Lil Twist and industry execs Bu Thiam (pictured right with Jeezy at the party) and Shawn "Pecas" Costner (Universal Records).
Jennifer Hudson graciously agreed to take the gig (albeit for far less than the amount The Donald paid Rihanna).
Even though the fundraiser was a huge success, The Donald couldn't resist getting a dig in at Rihanna.
“Nothing was missed. Jennifer’s a beautiful girl," said Trump. "She came on her day off even though she performs almost every night. "She is an unbelievable talent, and her voice is better."
Luckily, my photographer was able to get get some exclusive shots on the inside. No other blog gained access to the party. Above is a pic of Rihanna's ice sculpture. I would post more pics from Rihanna's private birthday party but a national magazine has acquired the exclusive rights to the photographer's pictures.
Miami Heat Forward Lebron James, 26, and rapper Jay Z, 41, attended their "Two Kings" Dinner & After Party at Craft Restaurant in Los Angeles last night. The "Two Kings" invitation-only dinner takes place annually during the NBA All-Star weekend.
Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade and his girlfriend Gabrielle Union attended the "Two Kings" Dinner & After Party at Craft Restaurant honoring LeBron James and Jay Z'd egos in Los Angeles last night.
Jay Z attended the dinner without Beyonce, which only fueled rumors that the two have separated. But insiders close to Jay Z say the unlikely couple are still together. So we'll see if this is just another publicity stunt the two are pulling together to keep their names relevant.
Yesterday, Dwyane Wade's concubine, Gabrielle Union, 38, got together with LeBron's "wife" Savannah Brinson, 26, at Montage Beverly Hills for a NBA wives All-Star Brunch benefiting The Step Up Women's Network. I'm assuming that those $300 Beats By Dre headphones were included in the ladies' gift bags.
The other "wives" at the brunch included, left to right: Jada Crawley, Gabrielle Union, Savannah Brinson, Adrienne Bosh and Ayesha Alexander.
Isn't Savannah beautiful? She embodies the type of clean, wholesome, God fearing woman that is hard to find these days because smart men like LeBron take them out of circulation quickly. Savannah and LeBron were high school sweethearts. They're not actually married yet, but they have two sons together, LeBron James Jr., 6, and Bryce Maximus James, 3. LeBron was Savannah's first serious boyfriend.
That's right girl! Show off your $24,000 Hermes bag that your man bought you!
Edited Feb. 21, 2011 @ 1:42 p.m. to correct Savannah and Jada's names
Musician Kanye West, 33, attended the Giuseppe Zanotti Design Beverly Hills Store Opening cocktail reception yesterday in Beverly Hills. Mr. West looked cool as a cucumber rocking a pair of vintage Alitalia Sport 550 Sunglasses. Kanye is said to be so upset that Nicki Minaj surpassed him in record sales that he immediately went back into the studio to try and top her. His next album is due out this Summer. Good luck to him.
LaLa Vasquez, 31, and singer Kelly Rowland, 29, were spotted bowling for charity dollars at the Lucky Strike Lanes on February 3 in Lakewood, Colorado.
Something about Kelly's hair disturbs my soul in this picture. Is that a patch of her hair missing on the side?
Old school rapper M.C. Hammer, 48, attended The Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl Party presented by Sports Illustrated and Bacardi last night in Dallas.
Angelina Jolie, long-time supporter of SOS Children's Villages, this week congratulated the first Jolie Legal Fellow, Nathalie Nozile, an SOS Children's Villages alumna.
Ms. Nozile, an attorney, pictured above center with Jolie and Dr. Heather Paul, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA, is an alumnus of SOS Children's Villages program in Santo, Haiti. SOS Children's Villages is a global organization dedicated to providing family-based services for children without parental care.
Ms. Nozile was selected after graduating from the University of Florida's Levin College of Law this past spring.
The Jolie Legal Fellowship, created and funded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, supports the Government of Haiti's ongoing efforts to strengthen the Haitian judicial system in the challenging post-earthquake environment. Jolie Legal Fellows are attorneys who will concentrate on the protection of Haiti's most vulnerable children in the judicial system, by serving as special assistants to key Government of Haiti officials. Ms. Nozile leaves for Haiti later this month to begin her work.
"I am thrilled that Nathalie Nozile will be our first legal fellow in Haiti - where the need to enhance child protection is so great," said Angelina Jolie. "Nathalie has a heartfelt commitment to improve conditions in her homeland, and brings to her work the unique perspective of growing up in an SOS Village. There, she learned firsthand the importance to a childhood of a stable and nurturing environment. Now, as a promising attorney, she will draw on her personal experience as she returns to help strengthen the Haitian judicial system. Nathalie will be working to help ensure equal access to justice and the protection of children's rights in Haiti."
Jolie and her life partner Brad Pitt donated $150,000 to the SOS Children's Villlages in 2010.
Additional information about SOS and their involvement in Haiti is available on their website, www.sos-usa.org
Eddie Murphy's ex-wife Nicole is set to walk down the aisle again. According to online sources, Nicole's longtime fiance, former pro baller Michael Strahan, put a ring on her finger recently. There are no details on when he popped the question. But Nicole is deliriously happy. Good for her. Photo: The MediaCircuit/INF PHOTO
Meanwhile, the happy couple attended the STIKS Celebrity Video Game Challenge For Charity event in Los Angeles yesterday. Also attending the event was rapper Snoop Dogg and his family, and actors Mehcad Brooks and Codi Jones.
This warms my heart to see the fortunate few unselfishly enriching the lives of others. A retired lawyer who has been dubbed the 'Skid Row Santa' made his annual visit to a homeless shelter -- handing out $10 bills to thousands of homeless persons who queued up for hours to receive the monetary gifts.
Of course the critics think the homeless would be better served if the donations were made to homeless shelters, but I disagree. The money should go directly to the people who need it the most.
The 69-year-old retired lawyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said Thursday he’s been giving away $20,000 of his own money every year over the past 30 years at the Midnight Mission.
Dressed in red, the benefactor says he’s always moved by the appreciation and gratitude that homeless people show. He estimates about 3,000 people receive $10 bills every Yuletide.
The donor is one of several who hand out money on Skid Row on certain days of the year.