Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Our Kind of People is in a lot of ways, a pioneering work that chronicles the continuing pervasiveness of some socio-cultural norms within The Black Social Elite. However, the book lacks proper documentation of source material which drives me batty. Nonetheless, it is still considered a ‘must read’ for scholars, questers, and aspirants as the 21st Century’s contribution to uncovering this often misunderstood and evasive group.
Well, our boy is back according to The Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Annette John-Hall with The Our Kind of People 800 Social Register. Graham suggests that this list (which will include only the most elite Black families in America) will serve as a counter balance to the negative imagery of some hip-hop music and popular reality shows like Flavor of Love.
What can I possibly say?
If you feel inspired, email Graham directly to have you and your clan considered for possible inclusion.
Before you shoot him a note, keep in mind that Graham is big on Ivy League degrees, lineage, and other criteria that is considered obsolete by many in the Black Social Elite.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
But, good grief…it’s hard work.
This month kicks off the “eating season” - a straight graze from now until the end of February. I am determined not to put on the thirteen pounds I worked like mad to lose earlier this year.
Thanksgiving was delightful with the family. It was quite relaxing after all of the meal preparation was completed. We treat the holiday as a weekend long food fest making several visits to Mom’s to heat and re-heat meals. Our Grandmother always spoke of the “second day of seasoning” – meaning that the food seemed to taste better the day after.
I also made time to celebrate the holiday with some close friends whose parents were visiting from Canada. We indulged at a fabulous Mediterranean restaurant after enjoying a delightful operatic performance of Hansel and Gretel. Our party of nine nibbled on yummy delights of fried zucchini chips, grilled shrimp and octopus, along with watercress salad. Our meals included steak, lamb chops, wild Atlantic salmon, and Chilean sea bass. Dessert ran the gamut of gelatos, sorbets, and chocolate cake. My special friend enjoyed the food and the fellowship offered over the weekend tremendously.
I elected not to participate in “Cyber Monday” today because I tend to buy my gifts all at one time from one or two select stores. So, I’ll work on that next week.
This week is busy as usually with three invites for activities. Two are club openings, and one is for a combined event featuring dinner, an art exhibit, and a show by jazz drummer Cindy Blackman (formerly on tour with Lenny Kravitz). And, naturally the holiday invites are pouring in now so I’m working on coordinating schedules as we speak.
I am also uploading scores of photos to share with you soon. Some of them include many our favorite Super Socialites in action!
Until We Chat Again - Cheers!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The turkey, cornbread mix, string beans, smoked turkey parts, and red potatoes are sitting at Mom's house - leaving me to pick up collard greens, turnips, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberries tomorrow. My older sister has mac and cheese duty along with cornbread and desserts. Mommy plans to cook the string beans and red potatoes together with herbs.
I am also considering putting some oxtails in the crockpot with some vegs too - but we'll see.
So, my plan tomorrow (after I get my nails done) is to head over to Mom's to start cooking - especially since she gave me the gentle nudge that she does not want to wait on dinner Thursday. She likes to eat very early - around 3PM - so that we can watch TV and movies together for the remainder of the evening. My sister and I like to give her wine so that she can giggle (Mom doesn't indulge at all).
Mom is the caretaker for our Grandmother who is the family's matriarch and survives on a feeding tube. So we will do anything we can to brighten her spirits. In her 'day' Grandmother was very much the Socialite Diva and continues to serve as an inspiration for me.
My brother in law will usually chat us up about sports, the latest news, and entertainment. My Mom's cat - a very chatty, plump Calico - will beg us for scraps and naturally, we'll make sure that she has her own mini plate of offerings.
I usually receive several invites to house hop on Thanksgiving that I graciously decline. I look at this holiday particularly as a time to relax, bond, and catch up with the folks.
My special friend and I will play 'meet the families' officially this holiday season and we are currently coordinating schedules. Last night, we looked at a bunch of invitations to decide where we would land from now until February, 2008.
We are still pooped from attending an extraordinary gala last weekend where everyone danced all night (I'll fill you in soon). This weekend, we plan to take a ride to catch the remaining fall foilage, attend the Opera, and have dinner with friends whose family is arriving from Canada tomorrow.
The Canadians are thrilled that the US dollar is tanking in value in time for the shopping season(quelle horror!)
Anyway, I'm off to the races at the supermarket early morning.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers! I am most thankful for you after more than 13, 300 page views as of today. Your emails and comments encourage me to continue.
And, indeed - there will be lots to share before we end this year!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Harold Rush of Philadelphia was a long standing member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (more than 50 years). Mr. Rush was an incredibly nice man who mentored several young Black men in Philadelphia and ensured that many received college scholarships. His funeral was attended by scores of political and social luminaries including the current Mayor of Philadelphia. His best friend and wife of fifty years - Dorothy Sumners Rush - is very active in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is a past President of the Philadelphia Links. Mr. Rush also has three sons, one daughter, and one grandson.
Helen Logue Aubry of Silver Spring, MD recently passed at age 92. She was a charter member of the Queens Chapter of Jack and Jill and a member of The Links, Inc. Mrs. Aubry was also one of the founding members of Azurest - a Black resort area in Sag Harbor, NY (the Hamptons).
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Everyone who reads (or hates on) this blog knows that class division exists in Black America.
I guess White America is waking up to this fact now.
I suspect Barack Obama running for President has something to do with this new found sociological and anthropological interest in Black people. Some white people are puzzled as to why we are not all down with Obama being the Leader of the Free World.
And, many more are shocked to learn that those who could influence his becoming President (specifically the Black Social Elite) don't view him as "our kind of people" despite his degrees, intellect, and philosophy.
Hmmm...the plot thickens...
Anyhoo, we'll chat later.
This week, it’s all about wrapping up some key projects at work and preparing for the Philadelphia Links gala this Saturday. All of the Black Socialite glitterati are expected to attend donning tuxedos, furs, and finery while hob knobbing with The Links National President.
I’ll run out in the next day or so to finalize my accessories for my gown so I can spend Saturday relaxing and beautifying myself (yes, it takes me more than a few minutes to get ready for events!)
My gent has his tux ready to go and has already lined up several ladies to dance with since he's knows I'll be busy pressing the flesh.
It should be a good time and of course, I'll make sure to cover chapter and verse for you .
In other news, I have to tell you that my mind has been incredibly preoccupied with thoughts of rapper Kayne West regarding the death of his beloved mother and of the gruesome murder of socialite Linda Stein.
I know some of my New York readers have mixed emotions about the circumstances leading to Stein’s death but folks you gotta admit that your heart has to feel a little extra heavy knowing that she died allegedly at the hands of a young Sista .
I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a racial loyalist who hates to hear bad news about Black people.
Other whispers from the Black Socialite set in the Big Apple is that handsome, tall, and rich Brother Socialite/Investment Banker John Utendahl may be back on the "meet market."
Apparently, he and Tyra Banks have called it splits reportedly after confirming that they are not engaged. I know some Sistas Socialites who are thrilled by this news and can't wait to bump into John at the next glittering affair.
John is quite interesting and I'll profile him in an upcoming posting.
So Socialite Campers, I'll be back at ya soon with lots more to share!
In the meanwhile, start getting your holiday recipes and soiree calendars together.
2007 is almost a wrap!
Friday, November 9, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Some of them where/are strictly friends and others were men I dated at one time. Yet regardless of my status with them, we would revisit the same theme song over and over again…
“Well, um…I’m busy”
“Oh, I have plans that night” (although I would ask months in advance)
“Why do we have to go to that?!”
“I bet there won’t be any of us there…”
“That’s too expensive!” (but they drive foreign cars and mysteriously find money for their interests)
“I have no interest in attending (insert name of event here)…”
But interestingly enough, there was the expectation that I was to perform my best rendition of the standard “grip and grin” at events that were of high importance to them.
Needless to say, that type of selfishness got real old with me. So rather than subject myself to such nonsense, I became extremely comfortable attending events and activities alone. It is more important for me to have a good time, socialize freely, and network - and less important to appear to be “coupled.” And, as I have shared with you in past posts, part of being a good Socialite will mean that you may have to go out by yourself periodically.
But I’m single. And I have to be really honest with you about something that kinda troubles me.
It is striking how many Sistas in relationships (married, dating, or co-habituating) attend events alone. You probably see it in your hometown too.
I get that you don’t have to do everything together as a couple – BUT I am slightly alarmed when I see coupled folks rolling solo frequently. And, I know from first hand experience, that a lot of these ladies “grin and bear it” – but cry inside (or to their friends) that their spouse/boyfriend/friend refused to escort them to an event.
I scratched my head and began to wonder how Sista Socialites (or aspirants) could troubleshoot these issues on their quest for the Socialite lifestyle.
So, I put on my 'Geraldo hat' and launched an investigative report. I interviewed several Brothers of their opinions.
Here are the startling results…
Some men pointed to fact that Sista Socialites don’t filter activities of importance for their men. Sistas want their man to go to every fashion show, truck show, tea, luncheon, gala, card party, etc as a show of support rather than picking and choosing which ones are most important. As a result, the Brother would rather stay home versus being one of a few “hen pecked” men at a women’s event.
One Brother suggested that Black people function more as individuals in relationships rather than as partners (pointing to the Single Parent phenomena in our community). He suggests that Sista Socialites emphasize your desire for a partnership more than a relationship so that you can share discussion on how both people’s interests can weighted equally most of the time.
Another Brother added that Sistas may cater to their men a bit too much and don’t establish “rules of engagement” during dating. So, if you want to get your Socialite shine on, tell the man this early in the relationship. If you are a budding Socialite and married, strive to get your husband’s support for your quest. If he loves you, he may not participate all of the time but he won’t stand in your way either.
So folks, there is it.
Interesting perspective and I think good food for thought for many of women who are on the quest for Socialite-dom.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Many of you are already familiar with a few of this opera’s popular arias like “La donna e mobile” and “Caro nome.”
What was especially exciting for me is that I was able to enjoy Rigoletto with my ‘special friend’ (wink, wink). I treated him to premium seating as his birthday present since he expressed interest in attending the opera.
To make my friend's first time opera experience even more special, the Managing Director of OCP (who is a great buddy of mine) orchestrated the opportunity for us to meet the cast, provided a backstage tour of the set and stage, and then treated us to a divine dinner along with his partner.
My special friend is still raving about the evening weeks later. And, not only did he enjoy the performance, he is now eagerly looking forward to a repeat visit.
In case you are curious - my friend is very much your classic Brother – a “guy’s guy” who enjoys simple pleasures like good food, baseball, beer, and wine. He is not a part of the Black Socialite Set of our hometown nor is ‘Socialite-dom’ his aspiration.
But, he is willing to try out new things which is a breathe of fresh air.
Friday, October 26, 2007
The news of this event swept through listservs and chat rooms with such fury, that CNN actually picked up the story, providing their own analytical spin with the obligatory experts in Sociology and African American Studies. Needless to say, the outcry was loud enough that the event promoters cancelled the party.
But it was also clear that this party opened up old wounds for some regarding issues of attractiveness and desirability in Black America.
I actually fielded enough questions as to whether or not I believe that skin color is still a factor within The Black Social Elite that I decided scribe this post.
It is no secret that Black America still wrestles with issues of color and class. Some Black Americans are highly annoyed that there is social schism within our own race and point back to the plantation (and the proverbial white man) as the culprit.
The unfortunate truth is that class and color are historically intertwined. We all know that lighter skin Blacks typically received greater financial and social privilege versus those who were darker skinned.
And, according to a recent study, skin color of Black Americans is still a major factor for employability. The so-called “color caste system” has polarized families and friends for generations in our community – and it appears that there is no end in sight.
Many would argue that skin color is still a determinant among The Black Social Elite as well. And quite frankly in certain corridors of the country, this may be true. Several of the organizations listed in the sidebar of this blog have been accused (rightfully or wrongfully) of colorism.
But, I am highly doubtful that colorism is the norm among today’s Black Socialites.
As demonstrated on this blog – the beautiful spectrum of our people is displayed for your viewing and reading pleasure.
Whenever I attend functions of Alpha Kappa Alpha, The Links, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Pi Phi, or Jack and Jill – I see all of our folks representing proud and tall.
I can’t say that this was always the case. But, if you poll older members (those who are 60+) of any of these organizations, they will tell you that things have changed for the better within The Black Social Elite.
So good people, there isn’t much we can do to change the historic wrong of colorism in Black America. It is ugly and hurtful business.
And, it is what it is.
However, you can elect to not play perpetrator, participant, or victim in this nonsense with our people.
OK…I’ll make it plainer.
Your skin color alone should not deter or encourage you to achieve Socialite aspirations.
If you are lighter skinned, you will not automatically receive the keys to the Black Socialite kingdom merely because you are light. If you are darker skinned, the doors will not be slammed in your face solely because of your hue.
As Dr. Phil says, you train people how to treat you.
Carry yourself with elegance, grace, style, poise, and confidence at all times and trust me…the world will be at your feet. There is nothing more striking and attractive that a proud and elegant Black person.
Now, I need to be clear about something…
I am not trying to devalue the real pain and scar tissue from color discrimination. All of us in Black America have encountered it. And, I know that it cuts more deeply when it comes from our folks.
But, we can only control ourselves and our actions – after all, the most powerful form of change begins at home. We have to guard our spirits against haters - of all races and stand firm to the truth of how beautiful we all are.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
You are soooooo fabulous!
Some of your notes have been beautiful and heartwarming. Many of you have commented that seeing talented, attractive, successful Black people has provided you both professional and personal inspiration. That’s great news and I will continue to strive for excellence.
However…I gotta call some of you on the carpet.
Some scandalous trolls have tried to pull the ‘wool’ over my eyes and pass yourselves (or your friends/relatives/fan base) as members of the Black Socialite Set. Consider reading some of my August postings on ‘Defining The Black Socialite,’ ‘Becoming A Black Socialite,’ and ‘Cracking The Black Socialite Code’ before contacting me about inclusion or coverage on this blog.
As a word of caution, I am pretty darn good at sniffing out perps lying about membership in any of the organizations I have listed on this blog. And, keep in mind that membership in said organizations does not necessarily make you a member of The Black Elite (although many members of The Black Elite belong to a slew of organizations).
Some other folks are just vicious self promoters looking for press. OK...that's all good but I live by the evidence based model of Socialite-dom. Your picture appearing one or two times on some magazine's 'party page,' on your MySpace or Facebook page, etc. does not necessarily make you a Socialite.
Just so that we are all on the same page, believe that I verify Socialite Status before I write about anyone on this blog. This blog has been hyperlinked to The Washington Post, The New York Times, and numerous other blogs, listservs, and chat rooms.
So understand me clearly when I say that there is no way that I will allow bogus rogues to self promote without any supporting data demonstrating that they are truly a part of the tribe.
Remember that The Black Elite is super small and it takes just a phone call or email to check someone out.
Until we meet again!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Married in 2005 in a Black Socialite studded wedding, Judith Byrd-Blaylock and Ronald Blaylock often attend super fab events in New York City. She is a Senior Vice President and Founding Partner of a airline consulting firm and he is Chairman/CEO of his own full service investment banking firm.
The couple met on a blind date, dated for three years, and were engaged on Martha’s Vineyard in 2004. Judith has been recently ‘pressing the flesh’ fundraising for Senator Barack Obama helping to raise more than $50,000 towards his campaign.
Of course, as I hear of more details about the Blaylocks – I promise to share all of the scoop with you.
In the meanwhile, have a great weekend and walk with stylish flair!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Jonelle is President/CEO of The Apollo Theater and manages a balanced family life as a wife and mother. I love this simple elegant of this ensemble with the metallic shoes. She demonstrates that you can pull over several hot trends without going overboard.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Are you sure that they’re Black?
Isn’t her mother from (insert name any of Arab country here)?
Isn’t her father from (insert name of any racially ambiguous country here)?
OK, let me share a few thoughts with you.
The Llewellyns have never played the racially ambiguous “game” of multi-ethnicity like so many Black people who are light skinned. They consistently identify themselves as Black. They support causes important to our people and have advocated for many Black professionals over the years including yours truly.
This blog’s name is The Black Socialite. This means I cover the lifestyles of Black people, period (many of whom I know personally). The folks featured on this blog are referred to as Black because that is how they identify themselves publicly.
I am not in the business of claiming folks who don’t want to be claimed by us if you know what I mean. So it is unlikely that you will see me featuring people who are not interested in checking the “Black/African descent” box on their Census forms.
Hopefully, this provides a little more clarity on who you may see land on this blog.
Until we meet again, remember that although the “one drop” law was ruled as unconstitutional in the 1967 so anyone identifying themselves as “Black” today is doing so out of cultural and political choice – especially when they have the option as “passing” for something else.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I read somewhere that one should consider spreading out their chores throughout the week versus doing everything during the weekend but I gotta tell ya - that's awful tough when you work full time and try to maintain an active social life.
There are only so many hours in the day...
I keep promising myself that I will hire a housekeeper and I think I will make that leap before the end of the year. It's just that I am soooo picky about how I like things to be done, that by the time I begin explaining what I want done to someone - I might as well do it myself.
Some of you understand what I mean...
Plus, as weird as it may sound, I actually get a level of satisfaction out of cleaning my home. And, not that my home is icky - it's just not as clean and organized as I would like for it to be.
I have paper and books all over my dining room table, coffee table, and my office desk. I need to wax my hardwood floors and give the bathroom a good ole fashioned Black girl scrubbing with hot water and bleach. The kitchen is in dire need of elbow grease too.
And, since it's starting to get chilly - it's time to pull out my fall comforter set and put the summer bed set into the cleaners.
Oh...then, the fall clothes need to be prepared as well and some other stuff can be dropped off at a thrift shop. I'm pass trying to squeeze into clothes that no longer fit and are just hanging in the closet for decorative purposes only.
So, I decided to get crackin' on one room at a time and I should be good to go in about one to two weeks.
However, tonight I'm headed out to see The Brave One starring Jodie Foster with a buddy of mine. I like going to see interesting movies that star Black folks and women in the lead on 'Opening Weekend' as my contribution to the 'cause.' This flick is double whammy as Terrance Howard is co-starring.
Anyhoo, I hope that you had a uber-fabulous weekend as well and ready to 'slay dragons' in your workplace tomorrow.
Until we meet again - cheers!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Here's what I uncovered so far. Ms. Maggie (nee Margaret) is super close to The Bush Twins and is known to hang out with them frequently. She is the daughter of Roland Betts, developer of Chelsea Piers in New York City and mom Lois. The Betts' have been married for more than 30 years and have another daughter named Jessica.
Now, although Roland Betts is a card carryin' liberal Democrat - he is extremely tight with President George Bush. They are frat brothers in Delta Kappa Epsilon from Yale and were at one time, part owners of the Texas Rangers. Roland Betts also was a major contributor to the 2000 Bush Presidential Campaign. The Bushes also vacation with The Betts at their various vacation homes.
The BIG question...why hasn't Essence (who markets themselves as the voice to empower Black women) done a story on her either?
Maybe you should drop their editor (whose name ironically is Angela) a note if you would like news on HSH Princess Angela.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Susan looks stunning in this hot red number at the Van Cleef & Arpels 'Une Journee a Paris' event on September 4th.
On June 4th, Susan attended a benefit for the School of American Ballet
Susan stops for a photo op here with designer Rachel Roy and Sista Socialite Carol Sutton Lewis at a celebration for the partnership between Van Cleef & Arpels and The New York Public Library on June 19th.
Susan and author Holly Peterson at a celebration for Peterson's book Manny on June 21st.
Note: Pardon the photo captions folks - I'm still working on getting full access to these pics so bear with me. God forbid I end up in court for copyright violations!! And I won't look good with orange prison wear...
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I have a few invites to some upcoming restaurant openings, so I’ll see how I can fit one or two into my already extra crisp crazy schedule. Plus, I’m combing through the slew of emails I received in the past week.
I appreciate every note I receive and I will try to answer them personally as much as I can.
Do me a favor and give me some time to get back to you before sending me a follow up note.
And, when I receive the same types of inquires, I will address the issue on the blog.
So, a bit of housekeeping is in order.
I’ve had several inquires via email regarding my list of ‘Super Black Socialites’ and what is the criteria.
It’s quite simple.
The ‘Super Black Socialites’ on this list are people who are deeply embedded in the social fabric of the community and are philanthropically driven. They donate a significant amount of their resources (money, time, networks, etc.) to improving the lives of others.
They have mastered the 'balancing act' what being a socialite is all about - having fun, helping others, and serving as examples for our young people to emulate.
And, while they may have a ‘home base’ in terms of where they reside geographically, many of the Super Black Socialites’ activities and networks are at least national (and some are global) in scope.
In other words, Super Black Socialites are not ‘posted up on their blocks’ to use the slang terminology to describe provincialism. They keep it moving.
My list is in its infancy and is not by any means exhaustive nor complete. More names will be added in the future.
If you know someone who should be included, feel free to share information with me.
Perhaps, they’ll make the cut.
Friday, September 7, 2007
She has signed Speech (formerly of Arrested Development) to her label and has recently launched a clothing line called bluhorse.
Twenty-eight year old Jaylaan is the daugther of Mega Black Socialites Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn and J. Bruce Llewellyn - owners of The Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company. The Llewellyn Family resides in New York and are major benefactors for several causes including Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Her sister, Alexandria, is married to author Tom Clancy.
I will profile Ms. Jaylaan and her Mom, Shahara in upcoming entries.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
The party took place in back of The Bubble House on the campus of University of Pennsylvania and as you can see from the flick above, it was packed with people having a good time.
It was a blast to reconnect with buddies from our colleges days and dance for hours. Several of our friends brought their children to the Block Party as well which was delightful to see.
We still scratch our heads in disbelief that many in our crew are now the parents of teenagers.
Without question, Terry is one of the best deejays around. He is also the owner/operator of Funky People Productions who creates events beyond the standard norm. Terry is a humble guy who seldom takes credit for training and mentoring many of the so-called 'hot' deejays playing in Miami, NYC, and DC now.
He really gets that music is so much more than same ole tired songs that are pre-programmed by Clear Channel throughout most major markets.
Even club deejays have fallen into the boring pattern of replicating what's played on the radio.
No wonder people just sit around in clubs and look at each other. The experience most deejays offer in clubs now is no different than listening to the radio in your car.
I'll give you an example.
Have you heard a club music remix of 'Family' from the motion picture Dreamgirls?
In between partying, I was treated to sake shots at the bar by Asian male business students who attend Wharton. Complements flowed on my makeup, hair and my burnt orange and red safari patterned silk shirt. I felt pretty good that I could still turn the heads of young and older men.
Plus, if your gear and face is not 'tight' - trust me that the 'children' will not shoot praise in your direction. We all know that many Black gay folks do not play when it come to fashion and creativity.
I also bumped into Ms. Vee - a sensational 'queen' hairstylist who uses to whip many heads in shape back in the day. It was great to see Ms. Vee while we laughed and reminisced about the club kid days of the late 80s and early 90s.
After The Bubble House party - we hung out in a few clubs in Philly including Swanky Bubbles and The Monkey Bar where I enjoyed apple martinis - one of my favs. The 'children' were in full effect everywhere bopping around with hot club gear and partying up a storm.
On or around 3AM (I was kinda groggy so I don't remember much), the crew landed at a diner to chew on some rubber pancakes.
I strolled into my house around 4:30AM for an early morning interrogation by my kitty who believed that her mother lost her mind. I picked her up while she was still in full fuss mode and rolled into bed.
I woke up about 11AM with club tunes still dancing in my head with kitty sniffing my breathe. I guess I smelled pretty toxic. My booty and legs were sore while I hobbled around from room to room.
I later received a call from one of my guy buddies on my mobile phone who was "checking to see if I was OK' as he laughed in my ear.
See normally - I attend very swank and conservative affairs. Rarely will yours truly land in a club. And hanging out until the wee hours of morning is not my traditional modus operanti.
But one thing is for sure.
You gotta have those times when you just let it rip- if you know what I mean.
It's good for the soul and spirit to be free periodically.
Photo credit: DJ Venus
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Hopefully, other institutions will model Sorrell's leadership in helping our young people understand that image is everything and it can shape your future success.
It is imperative that higher education prepare students for the 21st Century workforce - and this is a step in the right direction I believe.
Last month, The Women’s Board of Ravinia hosted the Ravinia Festival’s annual Gala Benefit. Plácido Domingo headlined the Gala performance. More than 1200 attendees forked out $275 per person to enjoy the evening.
The Fab Sista Socialites pictured left to right are: Linda Johnson Rice, Desiree Rogers (CEO of the People’s Energy Company), Valerie Jarrett (Chair of Chicago’s Stock Exchange), and Marguerite Orane (Management Consultant).
Photo credit: Bob Carl for the Sun-Times
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Photo credit: Robert Spenser for The New York Times