Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Harriet Michel, Susan L. Taylor


Robin Verges with Harriet Michel


Ian Moore with event co-hosts Brenda Blackman & Lauren Green


Students from the Eagle Academy for Young Men along with their principal David Banks

Many thanks and hugs to Sister Link Robin Verges for sending me this scoop on The One Hundred Black, Inc, 28th Annual Benefit Gala in New York City on February 21st. The event was attended by 700 guests and raised more than $500,000 for various activities of the organization. One of the New York Chapter's founding members is Mega-Philanthropist J. Bruce Llewellyn.

This year OHBM's gala featured 'A Tribute to Women Leaders'- saluting four history-making women—Harriet Michel, President of the National Minority Supplier Development Council; Treasurer of the State of Connecticut Denise Nappier; Dr. Adelaide Sanford, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the State of New York Board of Regents and Susan L. Taylor, Editor Emerita of Essence Magazine and Founder, National Cares Mentoring Movement.

Guests at the VIP reception included Former Mayor David and Mrs. Dinkins; Congressman Gregory Meeks; New York City Comptroller William Thompson; Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott; New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein; 100 Black Men of America Chairman Emeritus Thomas Dortch; 100 Black Men of America CEO John Hammond; Tuskegee Airman and OHBM past president Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.; Medgar Evers College President Dr. Edison O. Jackson; and Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham.
I really appreciate the good works of One Hundred Black Men. We need more Black men to assist in mentoring our precious and endangered male youth.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Thelma Golden & Duro Olowu wed on the QT in NYC




Thanks to great friend to this blog (and my Soror) 'Steeltrap' for sharing with me that Studio Museum of Harlem Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden married Nigerian born designer Duro Olowu very quietly last month in New York.




Papermag.com Editor Kim Hastreiter introduced the couple to each other (who are both in their 40s). The wedding was said to be a very intimate affair.




According to Fashion Week Daily, Olowu designed the wedding gown for his bride to be (awwwww!) and presented her with a lovely Etoile pavé ring from Tiffany's.




She is the tour-de-force that has brought in mega-bucks, exhibits, and glamour into The Studio Museum of Harlem. Her BFF is Alexandra Llewellyn Clancy (daughter of Mega Socialite J. Bruce Llewellyn). Ms. Alexandra is married to legendary writer Tom Clancy.




Duro Olowu is one of the hottest, up and coming designers to hit the 'scene' in years. A darling of Vogue Magazine and W, he is also one of the featured designers of Couturelab - a luxury online retailer.




This is definitely going to be a couple to watch!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Toni Whitaker - Houston Socialites' Designer


Invite to a recent show features Houston's top socialites

Houston Socialite Anita Smith in a Toni Whitaker gown
One of Toni's spectacular gowns



Loving this sharp grey number that shows you're ready for business

Layering highlights this show stopping piece

Elegant yet avant garde bridal gown (below)

Soooooooo many of you wanted to learn more about Super Fab Sista Designer Toni Whitaker (pictured above) that I felt morally obligated to interview her (grins). Toni holds a B.S. in Textile Technology from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Apparel Design from Syracuse University. Toni worked from Houston Ebony Opera, Main Street Theater, and as an Adjunct Faculty member of both Texas Southern University and University of Houston before launching her own design house in 1984.


Clearly, her work featured above is breathtaking. Toni was received the 2004 Houston Chronicle’sUltimate Fashion Designer’ award and many of her clients are consistently listed as the city’s best dressed. Suits from Toni Whitaker Designs start at around $650 and formal gowns can range from $850-$3,000 depending on how much drama you want to bring to the event.


Here, Toni shares some tips on selecting a designer and economical ways to build the essential ‘Socialite’ wardrobe.


What qualities should we look for when selecting a designer?
The designer should have a sense of the client’s style, body and lifestyle

Why is it important for Black women to consider having outfits exclusively tailored or designed?
Black women tend to have fuller,curvy figures. 'Ready to wear' rarely fits us.

Why you do think that the Houston Social Elite flock to you?
I’m edgy with perfect craftsmanship and pay attention to detail. And, I deliver on time.

Who are your favorite designers and why?
Oscar de la Renta, LaCroix for their theatrical flare and use of color.

Where do you derive creative inspiration?
I'm an old movie buff. I also love African textiles.

What advise do you have for Sistas who are building a ‘Socialite wardrobe?’
Start out with pieces that can be worn with other things. Basic colors, but great design. Consider pieces that are not so recognizable if they are worn twice.

What is the most economical way someone can make a ‘fashion statement?’
Chose the right accessories. For me--it's the jewelry. The belt, ear and neck piece can make a basic/inexpensive outfit look like a million dollars. I love shoes; but in a crowded reception, you see waist up.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Gaining Momentum!

Hello everyone!

I hope that you had a super weekend.

Mine was really good - I'm still catching up with blog related emails,so hang in there with me!

I was pleasantly surprised by the news of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper linking my stories to their online site. This makes the third national newspaper (The New York Times & The Washington Post) to hyperlink to this site.

So, our good news blog about successful Black people is starting to gain momentum.

Cheers!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flicks Pt. 2 (Evidence's Winter Gala)

Valerie & Harriet Michel


Kimberly Richardson

Dwayne Ashley & Latoya Henry


Former NAACP CEO Bruce Gordon & wife Tawana Tibbs



Super Socialite Pamela Joyner

Bernard Jackson & Joyce Mullins-Jackson


Great friend to this blog (Ski Diva) is sharing this great set of flicks from photographer Steve Mack of S.D. Mack Pictures. Everyone looked great at the Evidence Dance Company's Winter Gala on February 11th.

The photos appeared in several Internet Society publications including New York Social Diary. Enjoy!

Recent Poll Results

Hi there everyone!

Here is the percentage breakdown from our first poll (based on 113 votes), where you shared what you believe Socialites need to be successful in their quest:

Social Connections - 24%
Money - 5%
A Good Publicist - 6%
Supportive Spouse/Signifigant Other - 3%
A 'Walker' (Gay Male Friend/Escort) - 4%
All of the Above - 58%
Interesting indeed...
Since so many of you believe it's important to have all of these elements to be a successful Socialite, here's another question...
Socialite Aspirants - Are you are working overtime to ensure all of these 'boxes' are being checked off on your list?

Friday's Fabulous Flicks - Pt. 1 (Jaci & The Behind The Bench Luncheon)

Jaci Reid and Charrisee Jordan
Jaci with Tracy Mourning

Super Socialite Kathy Chenault with Tonya Lewis Lee


Chris Duhon (second to right) after receiving his award


Mayor Ray Nagin and First Lady Nagin


Gabrielle Union (center) with Dr. Eliot Battle and Mrs. Battle

*FIRST ON THE NET WITH THIS COVERAGE

After two tall glasses of water, a huge tossed salad, some vitamins, and a good body stretch - I'm ready to share a series of postings with you.

Shall we begin?

Our gal Jaci Wilson Reid ( #1 favorite Socialite in our recent poll), hosted the 7th Annual Luncheon honoring ‘Behind the Bench - The National Basketball Wives’ with hubby Morris in New Orleans on February 16th.

Jaci has been actively involved with ‘Behind The Bench’ for several years and said, “This group of women is devoted to influencing the communities in which they live and visit. But often, their hard work is overshadowed by the work of their superstar husbands. Our luncheon takes a break from the testosterone-fueled All-Star Weekend to shine the spotlight on these women and the great work of ‘Behind the Bench’. This year we have honored those individuals and organizations who have made great strides in rebuilding both the city of New Orleans and Africa.”


An award was presented to Ellen Haddigan , Executive Director of Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), a non-profit founded by Russell Simmons, Co-Owner of Simmons Jewelry Co received an award. DEF raises funds to educate and uplift poverty-stricken African communities through sales of the Green Initiative jewelry collection.

This year’s event also celebrated community leaders who galvanized resources to assist in post-Katrina New Orleans rehabilitation efforts. The 2008 honorees included, Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET, Chris Duhon of the Chicago Bulls and Peja Stojakovic of the New Orleans Hornets. Actress Gabrielle Union, presented the award to Debra Lee during the luncheon presentation.


The keynote speaker was Dr. Eliot F. Battle, Jr., MD, BIO, Co-founder and Director of the Cultura Medical Spa in Washington DC. Sponsors of the event included Elite Traveler and Guerlain Beauty (who I believe makes the best bronzer for all skin tones).
I'll share more scoop a lil' later folks!
Cheers!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Reginald Van Lee & Other Chatter

Reginald Van Lee with Patricia and Lloyd Howell at the Evidence Dance Company's Red Ball

Ms. Audrey J. Bernard has been covering the Black Society scene for years. She provides us a good story on our guy Reginald Van Lee who was profiled on this blog back in August 2007.

Apparently, Mr. Van Lee’s philanthropic activities keep him zooming around. He leveraged his company to serve as a primary sponsor of Multicultural Audience Development Initiative (MADI) Advisory Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first Multicultural Winter Benefit (An Evening of Many Cultures) last month.

Linda Zango-Haley (Immediate Past President of the Greater New York Chapter of The Links), Sandra Jackson Berger (Links Eastern Area Chair of The Arts Facet) served on the gala committee along with Spike Lee’s wife Tonya Lewis Lee and realtor-socialite Spenser David Means.

Lean closer - this is sidebar chatter for Socialite score card keepers - I was with Sandra Jackson Berger at a Super Bowl party full of Links earlier this month. She is full of energy and vigor. Spenser David Means served as an inspiration for one of the characters in Tonya Lewis Lee and Crystal McCrary Anthony ‘s book Gotham Diaries (a fictional work about New York’s BSE). Those two women make me sick with their lanky model-type good looks in spite of having children! Means meanwhile is still managing to close multi-million dollar real estate deals in spite of this economic climate.

Anyway…back to Mr. Van Lee. He was also all of the rage at the Evidence Dance Company’s Winter Gala, “Grace in Winter” The Red Ball earlier this month at the Hudson Theater in the Millennium Broadway Hotel.


Ski Diva (a great friend to this blog) sent me a bunch of photos of this event via email (thanks girl!) I’ll do a big ole’ photo gallery for Friday for your viewing pleasure.

And, guess what gang?

I hear your requests for more pictures, interviews, and features – so I’m doing my best to accommodate you. Thanks for the emails! I'm scrambling to answer as many of you as possible.

Although I must say…you’re quite the demanding bunch… (grins)

I’m working on a feature about a designer whose work caused quite the email buzz in the past few weeks. That feature will appear (with great photos supplied of course!) in the next few days.

Also, a member of ‘Team Jaci’ forwarded me a LOAD of photos (like close to 30) to share with you of Mrs. Reid’s activities this month. The flicks are wonderful and feature some of our other favorite Sista Socialites as well. But, I got an email today from Jaci's lead publicist asking me to hold off on the coverage because they have even more photos to send my way.

Stay tuned…

Please play nice with each other when you are leaving comments!

Big Mama Black Socialite is watching.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

America's First Black Socialite


Although Washington, DC and other cities had several leaders of Black Society, no other Socialite garnered more press and community interest than Josephine Beall Willson Bruce. Her clothing, elegance, and style were consistently covered in a series of Black newspapers around the country and the Washington Post as the Bruce household was the epicenter of Black Society. I first learned about this dynamic woman as an undergraduate and celebrate her legacy in this posting.


Josephine Beall Willson Bruce was born on October 29, 1853 to a prominent Philadelphia Dentist and author Dr. Joseph Wilson and his wife, Elizabeth Harnett Willson, a classical musician and singer. Dr. Willson penned Sketches of the Higher Classes of Colored Society in Philadelphia which was published in 1841. It was the first work of its kind to chronicle the lifestyle and activities of the Black Social Elite.



The Willson family moved to Cleveland when Josephine was a year old and she graduated from Cleveland High School. She served as a teacher in the city’s public school system. Around 1876, Josephine met the handsome and dashing Republican Senator Blanche Bruce of Mississippi around 1876. Although he was born into slavery Blanche Bruce was proud of being self educated with impeccable manners.



The young couple was married on June 24, 1878 in the home of Dr. Willson. Sixty guests attended in ‘full dress’ to witness the stunning bride in a white silk gown created by a New York designer. The Bruces departed on June 27, 1878 on a four month European honeymoon where Josephine shopped in exclusive boutiques for her wardrobe. The Bruces’ only son – Roscoe Conkling – was born in 1879.



Josephine firmly believed that it is the responsibility of the educated to uplift the entire race. She became a charter member of the Colored Women’s League of Washington, DC in 1892 and two years later, assisted in organizing the National Federation of Afro-American Women. The two organizations eventually merged to form the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) in 1896. Josephine was elected as National Vice President of NACW where she worked alongside of ‘heavy hitters’ in the Black political and social arenas including Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Harriet Tubman, Frances E.W. Harper, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, and Mary Church Terrell. Two years later, Senator Blanche Bruce died.


Josephine accepted the position as ‘lady principal’ (a.k.a. Dean of Women) at Tuskegee Institute shortly after Blanche Bruce’s death. She remained in the role for two years. Josephine wrote several Black feminist articles for publications of the NAACP and edited the national publication for NACW. Unfortunately, Josephine Bruce was rejected by a large group of the delegates in her bid to become National President of NACW in 1906 due to her skin color.


One delegate was quoted in the Indianapolis Freeman as saying “We prefer a woman who is altogether Negro because while the lighter women have been the greatest leaders and are among the most brilliant in the Association, their cleverness and ability is attributed to their white blood. We want to demonstrate that African is as talented.”


Shattered and heartbroken by this defeat, Josephine scaled back her participation in NACW. She remained an active lobbyist for the rights of Black women until her death in 1923.

Source: Aristocrats of Color - The Black Elite: 1800-1920 by Willard B. Gatewood.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

If The Shoe Fits!

OK...maybe I'm late on this news but I just learned that my Sorority - Alpha Kappa Alpha - along with other Black Greek Lettered Organizations (BGLOs) signed a deal with Converse to create customizable sneakers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the participating BGLOs.

The shoes will be featured at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration this year. Converse will also develop and manage several cross-functional summer internships for college and university students in BGLOs. The internships offer graduate level students the opportunity to work in finance, brand and product marketing functions of the company, providing practical business and unique mentoring and experience for emerging leaders.

The following statements were issued to the media:

Samuel C. Hamilton, Chairman of The Council of Presidents and Chief Executive Officer of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., said: "It is in our mutual interests to develop licensed products that our members will want to support while also providing training to some of our future business executives. That is in line with our mission and serves our members.”

"We are incredibly excited about this announcement joining two historic institutions to collaborate on unique business opportunities and ideas moving forward. We have developed an extremely positive relationship and innovative resolution with the Council of Presidents. We look forward to a long term relationship to further support the fraternities and sororities rich heritage through the brand’s dedication to originality and brand democracy,” said Jack Boys, Chief Executive Officer, Converse.

Barbara McKinzie, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., added, “It is fortunate that we are able to overcome the challenges that marked the start of our relationship with such a positive outcome. This licensing arrangement gives Converse an opportunity to support some of the community programs our organizations have in place; and the footwear angle gives us an opportunity to use the licensed products to focus on continuing a healthy and active lifestyle. This is the ultimate win/win proposition.”


BGLO members must contain their respective organizations for ordering information.
I like the Pink and Black pair so I'll be placing my order soon!


OH!!!!!!

Before I get the questions from my Sister Greeks in Delta Sigma Theta - it appears that your national organization elected to not participate in the program at this time.

Monday, February 18, 2008

In Celebration of Couture and Black Society

This Vivienne Westwood gown hasa waistline defining corset bustier asymmetrically draped with contrasting striped silk satin taffeta and worn atop a floor sweeping trumpet bottom evening skirt.
Italian designer Oppio glams-up a pair of patch pocket jeans and matching denim jacket with an intricate embroidery of golden rickrack and beaded appliqués that accent a stonewashed green tint and a pair of gold wedge heel sandals from Baby Phat.

This Emanuel Ungaro peplum cut zipper front jacket of Crocodile and Mongolian lamb exotically accessorizes a classic pair of pinstripe pants worn with a ruched silk-jersey bustier.


Last night, TV One aired a wonderful documentary on The Ebony Fashion Fair. The annual celebration of style and fashion is celebrating its 50th Year in 2008. The re-broadcast is scheduled to air again this Friday (check your local listings).


The documentary really gives a rich historical perspective of how groundbreaking this type of event was/is for the Black community. The documentary's contemporary spin not only dealt in the challenges Mrs. Eunice Johnson (Producer and Director of the Ebony Fashion Fair) faced with staging a production of this magnitude, but also addresses how America has come full circle in terms of excluding Black models from the runway.


I was deeply moved and impressed with how she leveraged her personal, professional, and social networks in order to make the event successful. She also used her own money to purchase the haute couture pieces that appeared in the show in the early years (yes...I was shocked by this as well).
We own her all of the credit for introducing Sistas to Chanel, Fendi, Valentino, YSL, and Gucci.
Mrs. Johnson also successfully launched Fashion Fair Cosmetics which spurred other companies to launch 'ethnic cosmetics' lines.


What was always nice about The Ebony Fashion Fair is that Johnson Publications allows the event to be showcased as a fundraising activity for many of our BSE organizations including the sororities, the fraternities, the Links, Jack & Jill, the Girlfriends, Chums, Moles, and others. The show was traditionally a time for us to gather together in our best outfits and enjoy a spectacular event.

Consider attending the show if it rolls through your town. The clothes are really smashing this year!


Or you can buy some Fashion Fair Cosmetics as a nod to the great legacy The Johnson Family has created for us in this country. They were the first to show all aspects of the Black experience in America and taught many of us that Black is truly beautiful.

Cheers!
















Sunday, February 17, 2008

Remain Hopeful For Love


I'm gonna veer off topic of Black Socialites for one moment so bear with me good people...

I decided not to post mushy Valentine's Day stories because quite frankly, many readers of this blog are single. Several of you have confided in me via email about your dating challenges, opportunities, and hopes.

You've told me that enjoy seeing all types of couples featured on this blog but long for a partner of your own.

And while some of are content in Singleness, someone else's love story may have been bit too much on Valentine's Day.

I understand.
But the 'half full' optimist in me wants to share some interesting love stories with you.



If you pick up the February 18th issue of Jet Magazine, you'll see a photo of one of my Sister Links Angela Huggins who married Russell Crockett last year in the wedding photos section. They are both in their 70s.


Think about the lives, loves, joys, disappointments, set backs, failures, and celebrations of all of these people. But they never ruled out love as a possibility even when they were hurt.


I sure hope that those of you desiring a partner will remain hopeful and faithful that the right person will come along.


I will share of few details of what Special Friend and I did to celebrate the holiday in a future posting.

But know that it's never too late for you to find someone special.

Houston's Heart Ball Raises Big Bucks


Angela and Albert Myres (top picture with Dan and Jan Duncan) served as gala chairs of the 25th anniversary Heart Ball for the American Heart Association in Houston recently. Albert Myres is the newly appointed Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Reliant Energy.


The fundraiser achieved its goal of raising $1.6 million!


The event was held at the Hilton Americas-Houston and attracted 850 attendees who represented leaders in the business, non-profit, and social arenas.


Thanks to fabulous Houston Designer Toni Whitaker for sharing this great story and the pictures! Ms. Whitaker designed Angela Myres' gown and is one of the 'go-to' designers for Houston's Social Elite.







Saturday, February 16, 2008

Rest Assured

Yawn, yawn, stretch, stretch...

Today is one of those days for me.

I have to admit - I'm tired.

And it is BIG for me to admit that I am fatigued. I feel in some ways it's like admitting defeat of the Superwoman mythology that I love to embrace about myself.

Some of you know exactly where I'm coming from.

I told Special Friend that I planned to sleep late and I did - until 11AM EST.

Right now, I'm dressed in my undergraduate alma mater sweat shirt and black sweat pants.

I'm vegging out of reality show re-runs, reading invitations, deciding which events I will attend, updating this blog, and catching up on your emails to me.

Rocker Lenny Kravitz is hospitalized in Miami due to illness and has cancelled the remainder of his tour. Several Sista Socialites I know are struggling with the flu and other airbourne illnesses.

This news really made me sit down. I already decided that I would scale back my social activity tremendously this month just to give myself a much needed break - so witnessing otherwise healthy people getting sick forced me to lock the doors and nail my windows shut.

I also began to think about how our quests (whatever they may be) can drive us into an early grave if we're not careful.

So today, I'm going to chill and take lots of fish oil along with Vitamin C.

We'll have lots more to chat about soon!

Cheers!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flick


Today's flick features Mireille Schwartz with her daughter Charlotte Jude helping with the final bottle feeding of "Bulldozer," the San Francisco Zoo's baby giraffe. Ms. Mireille serves on the Zoo's Auxiliary which assists in fundraising for educational and conservation programs. Mireille will also chair the SF Zoo's major fundraiser later this year.


This picture also reminds me of how important it is to create priceless memories with children whenever we can.


Make it a great and memorable weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Keeping Up With Pamela Joyner

Ms. Pamela Joyner was active as usual on the San Francisco social circuit last month. Her fashion sense is outstanding in terms of ensemble selection for various events.


She really knows when to be understated and when to go all out. It can serve as a lesson for many of us who aspire to Uber-Socialite status like Ms. Joyner.


She hosted a book party for former Hearst Magazines President Cathie Black at her home last month with her husband Fred Guiffrida (far right) and Regina & John Scully.
Pamela and Fred's home was lined with peach roses and other flowers in celebration of Cathie Black's new book Basic Black.


Pamela poses for the cameras here in an elegant black dress.



Pamela literally stopped the presses at the San Francisco Ballet Gala in this glamorous gown by Colleen Quen. Of course, she was the 'belle of the ball.'


Photos by Jeffery Hirsh and Kat Wade




Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sista at the helm of Harper's Bazaar


I must admit that I was sleeping at the wheel on the news that Amy Dubois Barnett is the new Deputy Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar. She appointed late last year.

Let’s stand on our feet and give Ms. Barnett a round of applause for her great achievement (clap, clap, clap)!

Ms. Barnett (who is married and has one child) has served as an editor at Essence. She has also worked as Editor in Chief at both Honey Magazine (now defunct) and Teen People. She holds a Bachelor degree in Political Science and French from Brown University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Columbia University. She has also completed studies at the Parsons School of Design.

Her new book Get Yours! The Girlfriends Guide to Having Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More is receiving rave reviews.

And, from what I hear from the media gals in New York City (journalists, publicists, and media buyers), Ms. Barnett is an all around nice gal.

Thanks to Ms. Henderson (a friend of this blog) for sending all of the background scoop on Ms. Barnett.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The List of Super Socialites

Many of you want to know the criteria of The List of Super Black Socialites, who's in and out, and why there is a list at all.



The people on this list (listers) are prominent thought leaders and influencers in various professional and/or social arenas. The list provides tangible role models for Socialite aspirants and future generations to emulate.



More than 80% are "Google-able." You can use this tool to get a pretty good snapshot of who they are and their social activities of choice.



The majority of listers appear on scores of prominent charitable organizations' committees and boards. Several of them are members of BSE organizations but BSE membership is not a requirement.



How does one make the list?


Many of the listers I know personally and can vouch for their Socialite status. Others have made the list by the suggestion of readers. Some are just so gosh-darn fabulous with national stellar reputations that it would be crazy not to include them.



All them (regardless of degrees and pedigrees) are self made successes. The family did not hand them the keys to the Kingdom. The 'lazy legacy' clause does not apply here.



Got nominees? Shoot me an email with a brief note as to why the person/couple should be included.


An investigative report will be launched to determine whether or not the person/couple should be added. This list is assembled with assistance of a nation wide network of folks who know the deal.


Yes...it's that serious.








Saturday, February 9, 2008

Jaylaan Ahmad-Llewellyn and other Sista Socialites featured in Ebony

Hats off to Ebony Magazine for featuring 29 year old Jaylaan Ahmad-Llewellyn this month as one of its 'Young Leaders of the Future.'

What took you so long??


Fans of this blog will remember that I featured Ms. Jaylaan back in September along with a follow up story on 'What Constitutes Blackness?' due to the scores of emails I received questioning the racial hertiage of The Llewellyn family.


Interestingly enough, Ebony also has a story this month entitled 'Do Light Skinned Blacks Have It Easier?' and Sista Socialites Mellody Hobson and Gelia Assefa-Puck are featured in their 'Colorblind - Interracial Couples' sidebar story.


Hmmm....I get the strong inclination that the power of our Black Socialite Community is reaching places near and far n'est-ce pas?


Friday, February 8, 2008

Friday's Fabulous Flick

Pictured left to right John Mikens, III; Dr. Jim Cheagle, Jr.;
Keith A. Ridley, IV and Willie Silvers

This great flick features some of the members of the exclusive Diefutel's Gentlemen's Club, Inc. of Richmond,Virginia at thier bi-annual anniversary soiree. This year's event (which marked the organization's 70th Anniversary) was held last month at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond and was attended by 600 people.



Have a super fabulous Friday!





And, of course...we'll chat soon!





Cheers!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Houston Socialites Part Two

Ursaline and Darryl Hamilton

Dr. Yvonne Cormier & Rufus Cormier

I promised you more good stuff so here it is!!

Named one of Houston’s 25 most beautiful people, Ursaline Hamilton moved from Arizona to Houston thirteen years ago when her husband Darryl Hamilton ended his major league baseball career. She works as a professional model and volunteers with Child Advocates Inc. She was also named one of the Houston Chronicle’s Best Dressed of 2007. The Hamiltons have two boys.

Dr. Yvonne Cormier holds an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University, attended Brown University and holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Yale University. She received her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine and is married to Rufus Cormier who is a partner in the Baker Botts law firm in Houston. He earned his law degree from Yale in 1973 and was the first African American named partner in a large Houston law firm in 1981. Yvonne Cormier was named to the Houston Chroncile’s Best Dressed Hall of Fame in 2004. According to sources, she is very good friends with The Clintons and Vogue Columnist Andre Leon Talley.



Just a few weeks back, the couple was named among ‘Houston’s Treasures’ at the Houston Social Book event. Their daughter Claire’s wedding was covered in the Houston press as she was presented as a debutante at the ultra-exclusive River Oaks Country Club Presentation Ball in 2006.



More news to come on this fabulous group of Socialites!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Lenny Kravitz Philly Concert Flicks





Yes, I am a fan...what can I say?!


Special Friend sent these photos to me a few days ago - aren't they great?!
This was our viewpoint at the concert - we were right up front, stage right.


One of my Sorors (DC Karen to the Black Socialite Community) asked me to share the news that Lenny Kravitz's mom (the late actress Roxie Roker) was/is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She was initiated at Howard University.


So, in the spirit of Tom Joyner and McDonald's - here's another little known Black History fact.

Houston Socialites Are Doin' It Up BIG!



So BIG in fact that I will have to post multiple stories to make sure I cover everyone adequately!




Before I begin, I have to give a Special Thanks to Black Socialite Community Member Luxelady89 who provided me with this great list of Socialites from the Houston Area!




Luxelady89 is a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Links legacy with her feet firmly planted into the Black Socialite scene in a few cities.

Hugs and kisses to you Girlfriend!




OK, pull up your chair and brace yourself – there’s a lot to digest here…and remember folks…




You read this here first…




Both Cheryl Creuzot (pictured in a black gown next to Toni Whittaker) and Eileen Lawal were named ‘2008 Women of Distinction’ by the ABC affiliate in Houston last month. Creuzot (who holds three degrees from the University of Houston) is the President/CEO of Wealth Development Strategies LLC. Her husband (Percy Creuzot) is the owner of a successful catering company. The Creuzots are active on the boards of Project Row Houses, the Menil Collection, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, and the University of Houston Law Alumni Association




Lawal is the mother of three and married to Kase Lawal, the Chairman/CEO of CAMAC International Corporation, a billion dollar Houston-based crude oil and gas exploration corporation. This company is the second largest Black owned company in the US. In 2006 Mr. Lawal (who is Nigerian) was featured on the cover of Black Enterprise and USA Today in 2007.




The Lawals established a one million dollar endowment at Texas Southern University's Jesse H. Jones School of Business to create the Kase and Eileen Lawal Center for International Business Development. TSU is the alma mater of New York Giants Defensive End Michael Strahan and Gospel singer Yolanda Adams. It is also one of the country’s largest HBCUs.
Cheryl Creuzot and Eileen Lawal have been listed in the Houston Chroncile’s ‘Best Dressed Hall of Fame.’




Yes, I know…you’re in awe.




I told you there is a lot of great stuff here!



And, more to come!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Spotlight on Desiree Rogers

Super Socialite Desiree Rogers, 46 is President of both Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. She is also a mother (of one daughter Victoria), a political fundraiser, and highly active on the Chicago Social Scene.

Rogers was elected President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas in 2004 after working in a series of high profile positions in Peoples Energy including Chief Marketing Officer, Senior Vice President of Customer Service, and Vice President of Corporate Communications. She also served a six year stint as Director of the Illinois State Lottery.


Rogers is Vice-Chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo and serves on the executive committee of The Museum of Science and Industry. Rogers is also active with The Chicago Children's Museum, The Young Presidents Organization, The Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network

She earned a MBA from Harvard University and a BA in political science from Wellesley College. She is consistently named one of the 50 most powerful Black business women by Black Enterprise. Celebrated for her great sense of style and business acumen, Rogers has also been featured in Vogue Magazine.