Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features our gal Maggie Betts (left) posing with Carlos Campos and Miguelina for the 'SWAROVSKI Presents 2nd Annual LWALA Gala' last night at Battery Park Plaza. The trio served as hosts along with actress Natalie Portman.

It's great to see Ms. Maggie continue to rise on the "come up" in terms of the Socialite Scene!

OK good folks - I hope that you are planning to have a great weekend!

Mine is off to a good start tonight with an excellent concert by jazz drummer Cindy Blackman, a tasty dinner, and tour of an excellent exhibit by Renoir.

I'm off to slumber land now with aspirin and eye mask in tow. I had a little too much of a good time with a super large Apple Martini and I don't want to be puffy in the morning.

Until we chat again - cheers!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fabulous Flicks of Super Socialites

Some of our favorite Socialites were on the move during the past several months except for our gal Jaci Reid. This photo below of her and hubby Morris Reid was taken on September 20th at the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Gala in NYC.
Hmmm...wonder why we haven't seen much of her since then?

The always elegant Susan Fales Hill with Rachel Moore at the
American Ballet Theatre's Gala on October 23rd.

Pamela Joyner gives us the drama in this smashing red jaw dropper at
The New York City Ballet Opening Night Gala on November 20th.

Mellody Hobson with boyfriend George Lucas on the red carpet at the
AFI 40th Anniversary Celebration on October 3rd.

Queen Diva Kathryn Chenault (left) with Susan Fales Hill and Katherine Marron
attending The New York Public Library's Benefit on November 5th.

Genevieve Jones vogues at the Zune Originals Launch on November 13th

More flicks will arrive soon - I promise!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Collapse from Turkey Coma & Other Affairs

I ate a good deal of food this weekend like so many other Black folks this weekend. And, now I’m wobbling around feeling sleepy. I’m working on keeping myself together so that I can continue to fit into my attire for the rest of this year and the next.

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

Thanksgiving As The Socialite 'Chef'

Today, I am writing my list of last minutes items to pick up for Thanksgiving. I'm serving as 'head chef' for my immediate family and I'm actually looking forward to it.

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

Friday's Fabulous Flick

Ladies and Gentleman,

I present to you the rapper Eve who looked absolutely smashing yesterday at the CFDA/Vogue "7th ON SALE" 2007 Gala.

You folks know I don't give entertainers much press on this blog.

But, after viewing several flicks for this week, I have to be really honest with you...

Eve topped all of our seasoned Super Socialites.

So hats off to you girlfriend - you are really "coming into your own" as the older people say.

Good people, have a great time this weekend!
The holiday season is upon us...have you begun rehearsing carols?

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ode To Super Socialites Who Have Departed This Life

We lost two wonderful Super Socialites recently whose contributions to our people and our history will not be forgotten. I hope that many of us will consider following their example.

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

Duh! Poll Confirms What We Already Know About Class & Black Folks

I had to chuckle when I saw this story today.

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.


A Gala, Kayne, Linda, and November

I am already feeling like November is a “bear” of a month. Strikingly, it’s already the 14th and I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what happened to November 1-13.

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's Fabulous Flick

This photo is in honor all of my local DC readers and features their Mayor Adrian Fenty with wife Michelle Cross Fenty along with their twins.

You can Google the Mayor to read the scoop about him but it's Ms. Michelle that is a story in her own right. While you are snuggled up this weekend, drinking hot cider or cocoa, you may want to read this feature story .

OK...I'm skipping off to have some fun this weekend. I hope you plan to enjoy yourself as well!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features husband and wife Dr. Joyce Brown (left) and H. Carl McCall with designer Josie Natori. Josie Natori was honored recently at a 30th Anniversary of 'Natori' celebration held at La Grenouille in New York City.

Dr. Brown is the first African American President of the Fashion Institute of Technology and Carl McCall is the former Comptroller for the City of New York.

Don't they look smashing?!

Have a fantastic weekend and I am lovin' all of your emails and postings!