Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features Genevieve Jones and Ann Dexter Jones attending The Cinema Society and Links of London premiere of 'Dom Hemingway' recently in New York City.

Ms. Jones is busy focusing her attention on her successful jewelry line - which includes jewel encrusted safety pins.

Have a super weekend and Happy Easter to the Christian celebrants out there!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Who’s Worried About Our Daughters?

So, yet another “reality television star” decides to release a hard core pornographic video on the internet and the flurry of commentary begins.

I don’t desire to promote this “lady” nor do I care about her motivations. She is a “seasoned” woman and can live with the consequences of her decisions. I’m sure her next stop on the fame-train will be an appearance on some confessional like “reality” program where she’ll cry and talk about her terrible mistake, how bad she feels -  blah, blah, blah.

What worries me the most - is this woman’s young daughter and all other daughters out there.  
Will more girls feel that exploiting themselves is the best trajectory to fame and success because of this latest “sex tape” release?  Are we all accountable when we tweet, re-tweet, and Instagram the lifestyles of stars made famous through sexual exploitation (even if it’s by their own design?)

More importantly, does our silence in not openly condemning such behavior provide global consent in the quest for “coins?”

Today, let’s make a commitment to flood social media with hardworking, dedicated women of philanthropic causes as much as we discuss this microwave “celebrities.”

We can shift the digital discourse by elevating outstanding examples for our young women to follow.

Now is the time! 

Learn more about the Pihcintu Multinational Children's Choir whose image appears above. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

On Saturday, March 29th, I traveled (thanks to hubby for driving!) in the pouring rain to Baltimore, Maryland for The Baltimore Chapter of The Links, Incorporated's Annual Empowering Women in Leadership Luncheon. The event was held at Morgan State University's Student Center, with proceeds benefiting the chapter's scholarship fund.

The event was truly wonderful - and made even more delightful by my hostess Link Faith Thomas and my virtual hostess Link Lynn Selby (who was unable to attend due to a conflict with her Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Centennial Celebration on the same day). 

Although the weather was dreadful, the ladies and gentlemen in attendance donned their Spring celebratory finest. Beautiful bursts of color walked about the room in dresses, suits, hats, and other fabulous accessories. Some of the distinguished guests included Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Blake (a Baltimore Links member), US Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown. 

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie (a Baltimore Links member pictured above) was the keynote speaker and delivered an inspirational word that was received with high praise from event attendees. She also sat down for a conversation/Q&A with the Baltimore Links Chapter President Patricia Jessamy. 

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake 

US Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Baltimore Links President Patricia Jessamy, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, &
Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony D. Brown (D)

Having fun with guests at my table! I'm in the black chapeau in the back!

My hostess and Baltimore Chapter Fundraising Chair Faith Thomas (right) posing with another chapter member 

The Leadership of The Baltimore Chapter of The Links, Incorporated 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features Dawne Marie Grannum and Mayor David Dinkins attending a benefit for the New York Mission Society. This organization is one of the oldest social service agencies in the United States.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me!

I am blessed to see another birthday!  Here's to life, love, and laughter!

The Sociopath in Your Social Circle

Periodically, I take us into the dark side - although, this is a positive blog. This is a tough but important topic that's been tugging at me for quite sometime.

Recently, there's been a great deal of conversation about sociopathic behavior in the workplace and general community at large. I suspect that this is driven by a new book that professes to shed light on this phenomena.

I am not a clinician nor do I claim to fully understand the scope of anti-social personality disorder. But, what I believe is that sociopathic behavior is quite common. And, chances are that you know at least one in your social circle.

Now keep in mind, not all of these people are ax murderers running around killing people or crazy cult leaders.

The people I speak of are charming, manipulative folks who are fundamentally destructive. The destruction (in my experience) manifests as a facade of being noble and upright, while doing extreme "dirt" to others.

So, what does this look like exactly? Well, I've seen it as the glittering socialite who is judgmental of others' short comings, while stealing money from their jobs and/or social groups over an extended period of time.

They are extreme lovers of status and will subsequently go to extremes to maintain a carefully crafted facade.

These people are super intelligent and know how to shift people around to support their agenda. Sociopaths are con artists.

So what should you do if you encounter a sociopath in our social circle? Well, it depends.

If you suspect someone has sociopathic tendencies, don't be mean or hostile towards them. Just keep a safe distance. In other words, be cordial but don't attempt to transform them or go to their friends with your concerns. Eventually, their behavior will be exposed.

If they do something negative that personally affects you (ie spread negative rumors about you or steal money from a social club you're a member of), be prepared to provide evidence of their behavior, and then separate yourself from the person.

But, be ready for the sociopath to have legions of support. They know how to cultivate blind loyalists who will "ride or die." Don't be hostile or judgmental of these people either. Just keep it moving.

Sociopaths lack remorse, so even if their negative behavior is exposed, they will still carry on their lives as if nothing happened.

They may only transform if criminally prosecuted and/or treated by professional mental health experts. But don't count on that because sociopaths rarely think they have a problem. They feel their behavior is completely justified. And they are pros at playing the victim or pretending to be remorseful.

When you are social and charitable,  you'll encounter all types of people - many of whom are fabulous. But there are plenty of "nuts" out there too.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. So continue on your super socialite quest - but be careful out there.

Peace and Blessings!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

This week's flicks features attendees at the Second Annual Philadelphia Mayor's Masked Ball on March 9th. The event was held at the Downtown Philadelphia Marriott, with proceeds benefiting the local United Negro College Fund (UNCF). There were approximately 500 attendees at this year's gala. 

My hubby and I attended to show our support for one of our "buddy-mooners," Willie F. Johnson, Founder/Chairman of PRWT, Inc. who was an honoree. Mr. Johnson was in attendance with his lovely girlfriend, Phyllis Lawrence (also a buddy-mooner). The other honorees were Sheldon M. Bonovitz, Chairman Emeritus, Duane Morris, LLC and Michael A. Rashid, the recently retired President/ CEO, AmeriHealth Caritas.
Willie F. Johnson & Phyllis Laurence 
This year's event was co-chaired by Daniel J.Hilferty, President/CEO of Independence Blue Cross, Julie Coker-Graham, Senior Vice President, Convention Division - Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau; Craig L. Adams, President/CEO of PECO, and Albert P. Black, CEO of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The co-chairs were supported by an event committee that included various local area chapter presidents of The Links, Incorporated, The Girlfriends, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. 

I believe the Philadelphia area chapters of The Links, Incorporated had the largest collective group of attendees and donated more than $13,000 for the event. I also believe that the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church of Philadelphia gave the largest donation from a single church, raising more than $26,000. 

UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball events are now taking place over all of the United States. So, be on the lookout for this fun event that raises money for deserving college students. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features June Haynes, Gillian Harding, & Danielle Campisi (from left to right) attending the Sotheby's 29th Annual Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards recently.

Ms. Haynes is a former Senior Vice President of Valentino and the President of June Haynes Luxury Retailing.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick featured DJ/Socialite Hannah Bronfman attending the AmFar Gala in New York City recently.

I think this is a stunning look!

Now tell the truth...doesn't this ensemble make you want to hunt down a white gown to add to your formal wardrobe?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features (left to right) Crystal McCrary, Thelma Golden, Debra Martin Chase, and friend attending the fourth annual Dining With The Divas fundraiser at The Apollo Theater.

The event is held near Valentine's Day and has raised tons of money for the historic theater. This year's event raised over $250,000.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm heading home from Central Pennsylvania on a day job related trip. And yet again, more snow at home and travel related drama.

Anyhoo, I hope that you are having a wonderful Valentine's Day. When I was single, I would grab up my other single girlfriends and have a blast out on the town for Valentine's Day. Now that I'm married, an evening at home with my hubby has special meaning.

Do enjoy tonight and celebrate all the love that surrounds you!

Hopefully, I'll have a Friday Fabulous Flick for you next week.