Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features Shala Monrogue at the recent 'Party In The Garden' at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

I absolutely LOVE the shoes and the beautiful girly-ness of this look.

Good people, this is the last weekend in May!

Wow...I know...I can't believe it either.

So, do your best to make it super fabulous!


Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Barbara Smith, Joseph Searle, & Arva Rice
Mark Morial President & CEO National Urban League, Hazel Dukes New York State NAACP &
Arva Rice President & CEO New York Urban League

New York Urban League 44th Annual Frederick Douglass Awards honored Opera legend Jessye Norman, Susan Dryfoos, Independent Artist and Filmmaker, and William M. Lewis Co-Chairman, Investment Banking, Lazard earlier this month in a spectacular affair.

Mark Morial (President & CEO of The National Urban League), Lifestyle Guru B. Smith, and Hazel Dukes of the New York State NAACP were among the attendees.

Kudos to all involved and many thanks to Super Photo-Journalist Margot Jordon for sending these great flicks!

Good people have a safe and fantastic holiday weekend!


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Staying Social = Staying Healthy

The June edition of Body & Soul Magazine cites a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health that indicates staying social may protect your brain for the negative impact of aging. The study’s sample of more than 16,000 older adults demonstrated that the least social and outgoing individuals experienced memory loss and deterioration at twice the rate than those who were socially active. The study also touts the positive benefits of combining learning and socializing.

This data is something to consider good people as you contemplate joining (or staying) in various social organizations. It’s great to hang out and have fun, but the real 'win proposition' for you is to make sure that you participate in activities to learn and develop new skills.

Remember what Grandma said, "the idle mind is the devil's playground." So, keep your mind active with positive activities on your journey to creating a wonderful you!

I’ll chat about this again in a future posting.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features the fabulous Susan Fales-Hill at a recent benefit luncheon for The New York City Opera.

As always, she looks super chic and stylish.

Have a great weekend good people!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

James Earl Jones At The White House

Politics Daily and CBS News are reporting that The White House will host a poetry jam featuring the legendary James Earl Jones on Tuesday, May 19th. Other artists invited to participate include vocalist Esperanza Spalding; pianist Eric Lewis; Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio and Joshua Brandon Bennet- both of whom are HBO's Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Finalists.
The event will be streamed live at at 7:45pm EST.

Desiree Rogers & Valerie Jarrett on the cover of Capital File Magazine

Capital File's summer issue features two of our favorite Super Socialites (who just happen to be White House Insiders too) on their cover.

Both of the ladies look great and you'll enjoy the article which provides insight into their collective vision for The Obama Administration.

Many thanks to the countless number of blog followers who sent me this info!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Flick

On May 5th, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performed at Harlem’s world-famous Apollo Theater for a one-night-only event that honored Super Socialites Christopher Williams & Janice Savin Williams. They are photographed above with Judith Jamison, NBC Correspondent Tiki Barber, & Ginny Barber.

The gala raised money for student scholarships to The Ailey School and The Ailey Organization's Arts in Education & Community Programs. The glitterati was in full force at the event and included Vogue's Andre Leon Talley, The Studio Museum of Harlem's Thelma Golden, and BET President Debra Lee.

Thanks Emily for sharing this wonderful photo!

It's still raining on and off in my lil' corner of the earth but the sun is coming out soon!

Have a great weekend and Happy Mothers Day!

Photo Credit: Colin Williams

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Where's The Sun?

OK, I've really had enough.

I'm ready for the sun to shine consistently. The rain has made me soooo (yawn) sleepy...

May is supposed to be warm and sunny right?

I hoping for a lil' burst of liquid brilliance in time for the weekend.

If it's sunny where you are, good for you! I am quite jealous.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Are You Ready For The Age of The Connoisseur?

While my clothes are in the dryer and Furry Friend is sitting still and contented, I think I should leap at this opportunity for today’s brief chat.

I was reading Forbes Life Magazine recently. The editor-in-chief proclaimed that we have entered the “Age of The Connoisseur.” It makes perfectly good sense to me.

After all, when you and your social circle are on the same “level,” what differentiates you from the rest of the tribe?

It’s your distinct ability to leverage your strengths and cultivate a unique set of skills that you make you – at a minimum – interesting and; at the highest level, an expert in your particular interest.

How does one begin this cultivation of connoisseur skills? Well, good people reading and practice is a great start. Author Malcolm Gladwell last week on CNN said that he firmly believes that talent is nothing more that the desire to continuously practice. Now, we can spend eons debating the merit of this statement but I believe there is a great deal of truth within its simple premise.

Our Super Socialites did not pop out of the womb as the fabulous people we see today. They had scores of people contribute to their success including family members, mentors, spouses, significant others…well you get my point. They were able to conduct long term (and often painful) self assessments to determine their personal gaps and then took steps to rectify those gaps. They made missteps along the way but quickly recovered and kept looking forward. Now, we get to experience them in all of their fabulousness.

The global paradigm has shifted away from massive wealth acquisition as a measure of success. If you believe that we have entered the “Age of The Connoisseur,” are you positioning yourself to be prepared?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Double Fab! Super Socialite & Sista Designer @ Parsons Benefit

Super Socialite Sheila Johnson holding hands with Donna Karan
Queen of the Girly Dress Tracy Reese with the equally fab Marc Jacobs

OK good people, here's the story.

Earlier this week Super Socialite Sheila Johnson and Uber-Fab Designer Tracy Reese attended the Parsons School of Design's benefit at Cipriani's in New York City. It's soooooo
wonderful to see both of these beautiful (and elusive) ladies out on the town.

Ms. Sheila (while charitable in spirit) tends to stay in the background. She looks incredibly happy so we can only spectulate that life is well as she is glowing like we've never seen before.

Ms. Reese gives interviews here and there, but also seems to like the background.

Both are hard working but it's good for our people (and especially our little girls) to see self made role models, don't you think?

Let's hope that we see more of these wonderful ladies in the upcoming months!

Friday, May 1, 2009

White House Social Secretary Featured in WSJ Magazine

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers is featured in this month's WSJ Magazine. As usual, she looks incredible so I know you'll enjoy the flicks.

It's an interesting and revealing interview that includes an interactive social network graph so that you too can follow along with all of Ms. Rogers fabulous social circle.

Brace yourself good people. Some hateful trolls are sharpening their claws with just plain icky things to say about our nation's first Black White House Social Secretary.

But she's keeps it moving and looks good while going what she does well.

Photo: WSJ Magazine

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Lovely Links surround Links, Inc. National President Gwendolyn Boyd Lee (center) at the White Rose Banquet in Roanoke, VA during the Links Eastern Area Conference in April.

Ursula Burns (President of The Xerox Corporation) poses with Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Dr. Joseph Cahalan, Vice President, The Xerox Foundation, and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine at The CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University) 17th Anniversary Awards dinner in New York City.

The always super-chic Grace Hightower Deniro strikes a quick pose while seated next to hubby Robert Deniro during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Now I know that some of you are saying "Bad Blogger, Bad Blogger!" for not posting more and you reserve the right to lightly tap my hand with two of your fingers. I tried to make it up to you by posting three photos (grins).

I have lots of positive things happening but they are all happening at one time.

So bear with me, I will do better.

In the meanwhile good people, have a great weekend!