Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features Senator Barack Obama and Michelle Obama after Senator Obama accepted the Democratic Party's invitation to become its Nominee for President.

Congratulations to him, his family, and the campaign team!

How the ancestors must be so happy to see this moment in history.

Believe it or not, I'm putting my feet up this weekend. No socializing, no parties (ok...maybe I'll sneak out for one gathering...but that's it!)

I can't stop sneezing and my voice has dropped several octaves (usually an indicator that something icky is on its way). Plus, I have to get my beauty rest for the fall social season.

Have a smashing weekend!

I know you're worn down from watching television this week (grins).


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Become My Friend on Facebook!

Yeah, yeah I know...

It took me long enough.

If you are on Facebook, you are welcome to become my friend, write on my wall, and chat about blog postings!

I just signed up today (as Black Socialite) so my profile is still a work in progress.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Penn State's Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Chapter Alumnae Establish Memorial Fund

Penn State Alumni AKAs, Deltas, Alphas, Kappas, and Ques in attendance

(L-R) PA State Senator Vincent Hughes, Event Planners Valarie Barrett Everett and Michelle Hicks Bryce, and Penn State Associate Director of Development, Ed Thompson

Over the summer, the alumni of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Gamma Chapter of Penn State University hosted a life celebration and scholarship fundraiser in honor of Lorenda Fambro-Gordon. The AKA sorority sisters were joined by other alumni Penn State Greeks, including the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta, and the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Omega Phi Psi.
Mr. Richard Lee Snow, Executive Director/COO, Kappa Alpha Psi, a college classmate of Fambro-Gordon, served as Master of Ceremonies. Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes (husband of entertainer Sheryl Lee Ralph), a high school classmate of Fambro-Gordon was Guest of Honor.

Fambro-Gordon was an elementary school teacher in Maryland at the time of her accidental death in October 2007. She graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. in journalism/broadcasting and earned master’s degrees from City College of New York and Johns Hopkins University. Fambro-Gordon received the Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher’s Merit Award, was a National Urban Fellow, and active in several organizations including the Greater Washington Urban League.

The Lorenda Fambro Gordon Memorial Enrichment Scholarship will be awarded annually beginning this academic year. The scholarship is earmarked for full-time undergraduates of Penn State University enrolled in any academic major who have financial need and whose ethnic or cultural background contributes to the diversity of the student body.
The AKA sorority sisters presented Penn State a $2,500 check, representing the first of five annual donations that will be made to the fund.
Bravo Sorors!

PHOTO CREDITS: Major Everett

Monday, August 25, 2008

Loss, Excitement, & Surprise

I’m recovering from my vacation and back to the proverbial grind. It was a nice time but I’m glad to be home.

You know your girl and how I try to keep it light on this blog. But I gotta tell you…it seems as if the Death Angel has been extremely busy within the past few months. I have been personally touched by the death of a former mentor, a family member, and several older sorors. I’m sure that some of you may be experiencing the same thing.

My heart goes out to the Sister Greeks of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. who recently loss their beloved soror, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones From everything that I have read and heard, I understand that she was a phenomenal woman. Funeral services will be held this Friday.

On to other news, I bet many of you will be glued to your TV this week watching the Democratic National Convention. It should be exciting and many of our Super Socialites are in Denver with all of their finery – working behind the scenes or as delegates. Go, go, go!

While I was chatting it up with a few pals this weekend, I caught my first glimpse of the so-called DNC After Party’ coverage from TV One.

Let’s just say that the commercial made me clutch the pearls in horror.

I was really surprised that TV One would go there (although my Mom doesn’t understand why Black people still suprise me).

The question to TV One - Must we allow ourselves to be portrayed as dancin’ and partyin’ at such a historically significant and important time?

It just seems so…inappropriate.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m all about the good time in its proper context.

nd there will be plenty of partying ahead of us in due time. I’m just annoyed that TV One’s promotional spots for media coverage emphasize the par-tay. All I could do is sigh particularly since two of the participants are people that I admire tremendously (Jacque Reid and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson).

I don’t know if I’ll see this show since I hit the bed pretty early. But, I may try to view it so that I can scream with more substance in a follow up post (grins).

Anyhoo, I have to get my snacks lined up for tonight. I want to have my feet up comfortably with remote in hand.

We’ll catch up soon!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features Super Socialite Kim Heirston with Paul Judelson party hopping in The Hamptons last month. Kim is soooo tall that she is often photographed bending over or leaning back. Meanwhile, shorties like me (I'm 5'5-ish) would looooovvvee to have her height!

I'm vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland with Special Friend this weekend. I hope that you make your weekend a good one too!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Genevieve Jones Parlays Socialite Status Into $$$

You can think whatever you'd like about Super Socialite Genevieve Jones but she is the only Black Socialite who has parlayed grinning for the camera and showing up to the 'right parties' into financial success.
Sales for her jewelry line are reportedly brisk - especially for her signature diamond encrusted safety pins (featured above).

Nylon Magazine did an interview with her earlier this summer and I just did not get around to posting it until now.
Let's see if other Sista Socialites follow in her footsteps. I sure hope so.
After all, while should Tinsley, Paris, Kim, and Tory have all of the fun??

Monday, August 18, 2008

Real Housewives of Atlanta - I Accept Full Responsibility

For several months, I have received emails galore about the rumored (now true) Bravo TV series Real Housewives of Atlanta. I knew about the show for quite awhile and was aware of the casting call. I actually encouraged a few people to consider auditioning for the show.

I take full responsibility for what appears to be a nightmare show depicting Black women as neck-craning, loud, cursing loons. I’m taking several deep breaths while I’m writing this posting.

After all, you may remember that I was the one who trumpeted the call for representation of Black women on the Real Housewives’ series. I encouraged blog readers to email, call, and sky type requests to see Sistas on Bravo. My posting was syndicated on Reuters News Service and I was eventually contacted by a Bravo producer to assist with casting for the ‘Real Housewives of New York.’

So understand good people, I was actually rather happy to hear about a predominately Black version of this show based in Atlanta (which is my maternal ancestral home).

Then, I saw the series sneak preview with my mouth agape. One of the main housewives dropped the ‘m*****f****’ bomb and the others seemed very focused on spending wads of money I don’t recall this level of gross material consumption being the anchor to promote the other Real Housewives shows. None of the ladies casted actually live in Atlanta and they pretty much move in the athlete/entertainer circles only.

Rumor has it that several of these ladies attempted to score membership in various Black Elite organizations and were flatly denied largely because of their over-the-top behavior.

The cast includes DeShawn Snow, Kim Zolciak (the only White cast member), Lisa Wu Hartwell, NeNe Leakes, and Sheree Whitfield.

Before I chat more about this show, I’ll wait and view a few episodes.

I’m sure you’re interested in seeing it too.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week’s fabulous flick features a former Super Socialite (Nicole Bernard, left) who has not been photographed in a few years along with Brie Bythewood and Angelique Miles (right). They were attending an event hosted by Designer B Michael and Alicia Blythewood in partnership with Rosie Pope Maternity and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens in Sag Harbor for Baby Buggy. Baby Buggy is an organization geared towards helping families in need by providing items for their children.

Ms. Bernard was once a darling of Town and Country Magazine and disappeared from the Social Scene after her marriage to Lee Chaffin. Their wedding was a multi-page spread in T&C back in 2005.

It’s good to see a flick of her and hopefully, she’s coming back to reclaim her Super Socialite status!

Have a fanatasic weekend good people!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Happy One Year Anniversary!

I can not believe I've been tapping away on this blog for a year!

Well, actually it was a year on August 7th.

Time flies when you're having fun and this adventure has been incredibly enjoyable.

All of the lovely notes of encouragement and praise also help me to keep moving forward.

It's interesting, but I never looked at my blog as anything more than my web diary. But it's nice to read that so many of you enjoy my postings and thoughts. seems like yesterday...

Anyhoo, feel free to send notes about your positive thoughts about this blog and I'll post a sampling of them to share.

Have a great day today!

RIP Bernie Mac - you will be sorely missed.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features Nicole Fiscella (of Gossip Girl fame) at the New York screenings of Pineapple Express and Elegy last week. She's also a former model and outdid all of our favorite Socialites with this chic look.
Maybe it's me but is there a media 'black out' of Black Socialites?? I have to tell you that it's been awful hard to find quality pics of our girls recently so it makes me wonder.

And, yes I know - the economy is pretty tough right now but that usually doesn't stop most of our Socialites.

We also know that a so-called 'BlackOut' of Black models is topic du jour in the fashion industry. Yet, I'm starting to believe that Black Socialites are starting to feel the trickle-down effect of media exclusion as well.

Hmmm...the plot thickens....

We'll chat more about it soon.

In the meanwhile, enjoy your weekend!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

The Sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. of the Greater Philadelphia Region held a reception last night to celebrate the opening of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Centennial Traveling Exhibit at the African-American Museum of Philadelphia.

The concept of bringing the exhibit to Philadelphia was spearheaded by the Omega Omega Chapter which was founded in 1926 by AKA Founder Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Hats off to Sorors Leah Smith and Joyce Harrison for an outstanding job well done in coordinating this mammoth feat!

This awesome exhibit provides artifacts and archival material to chronicle the sorority's history. Many elements of the exhibit are interactive and a series of children's events are in the works.

The reception last night was super packed (and the museum was a bit dark) so I did the best I could with these flicks good people. You'll see all generations represented in these photos as it was a good time had by all!

The exhibit will remain in Philadelphia until October 19, 2008.

Have a great weekend everyone!

North Atlantic Regional Director Evelyn Sample Oates (left) and Omega Omega Chapter President Sherilynn Johnson Kimble

Former AKA North Atlantic Regional Director Ruth Easley (left) and Grace Glenn