Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Jamie Foster(left) & Winnie Walker

Victoria Horsford, Renauld White, Eula Johnson, &  David Drumgold

Gary Alexander, Olivia Wright, & Lonnie Gaetano
The creative glitterati was out recently attending the Opening Night Preview of the Winter Antiques Show in New York City. The event benefitted the East Side House Settlement

Notice how these attendees work the trends of the season in unique and stylish ways.

Buried ALIVE!!!

Oh, LAWD - I can't stand snowstorms in the Northeast!

There are many reasons why I HATE snowstorms (especially in my hometown), some of which include:

1) City management render themselves helpless and incapable of snow removal

2) Meterologists and city management appear surprised and excited when it snows in the winter months

3) Several people refuse to exercise good judgment and consideration when venturing out in poor driving conditions

4) It's messy, yucky, and difficult to walk

5) I can't get to the hair and/or nail salon which makes me grumpy

6) The local news is dominated with dumb snow stories of people sledding, building snowpeople, and complaining about the snow

So, I'm stuck home (my Twitter followers knew this yesterday) and I'm beginning to suffer a bit of cabin fever!


So there you have it folks, a cranky, grumpy blogger working at home in isolation (what a novel concept huh?)

I'll get myself together soon - just give me a few more days.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

This week's flicks features people looking wonderful while contributing to great causes. Speaking of great causes - have you picked a charity or non profit to "sow into" this year?

Michelle Miller Morial, National Urban League President Marc Morial, Patricia Clarkson, NBC's Brian Williams, NBC's Hoda Kotb, & Hal Williamson at The New Orleans Preservation Resource Center's Benefit in New York City recently. Williams was honored for his continuing coverage of Post Katrina restoration efforts in New Orleans. 

Timberly Leite (far left), Mona Kanaan, and Julia Power Weld with their daughters enjoy The Nutcracker Benefit jointly hosted by The School of American Ballet and The New York City Ballet last month. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of The School of American Ballet and the educational programming of The New York City Ballet.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Reflecting On King's Legacy

Today is the first Martin Luther King Holiday that I actually went into work at my day job. I don't think Rev. King would have been offended.

Usually, I would go to church and then head out for a service project but since I was on the West Coast for a week, I have some catching up to do. So, while I'm working I am also reflecting on the struggle it took to get this day signed into law.

For several years, all of my high school classmates of color and a few white students staged "walk outs" where we left classes in the middle of the day on or near January 15th. Our intention was to encourage our Archdiocese (I went to Catholic High School) to acknowledge the holiday. It wasn't about a day off but about honoring a man that we deeply admired. After steadfast commitment to our "cause", the holiday went into effect for our school district - two years after it was signed into law. My classmates and I also worked with our local legislators to create what would later become the nation's largest observance of the King Holiday as a "Day of Service."

I feel good about that as being of service to others is something I value in the core of my being.I share this today to jar the consciousness of some of my younger readers. You have in your power to shape and shift the discourse about human rights and civility in your own backyard.

It only takes one idea to spark a burst of brilliance that will live beyond you.

What will your legacy be?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Game Day!

The turkey chili is in the crockpot simmering and the cheese is grated. 

Serving the chili with a salad and homemade vinaigrette.

GO STEELERS! ('Nuff Said)

Happy Founders Day Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.!

My sorority is 103 years old! It been nice to receive tweets, text messages, and emails from Sorors and members of other Black Greek Lettered Organizations (BGLOs) in honor of this day.

I was reading some history earlier this morning and learned that eight Black women were lynched in the United States the same year that my sorority was founded. Not only did this information chill me to my bones, it also reaffirmed why I believe Black womens' organizations are necessary entities.

Over the years, my sorority has contributed millions of dollars and human capital to improve the lives of Black people internationally. Some take issue with our methodologies in terms of selective membership, our homage to "Greek history," or the real economic value of the organization.

But one thing is for certain - more lives have been positively transformed than negatively impacted because of our existence.

All of the BGLOs (except for one) were founded in the late fall/early winter. What can this suggest for us? That winter is the season of productivity to plant the seeds for spring's blooms. So whether you are in a BGLO or not, this is the season to create an affinity group or circle that will be mutually beneficial while providing a service to others.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Back From San Diego

I spent a week in San Diego attending a professional conference and soaking up some sun (in between meetings). Unfortunately, Fab Fiance couldn't attend this go-round.

San Diego was really nice. The food (I ate seafood primarily) was great. The warmth made everyone generally pleasant. Now I understand why "snowbirds" flee the colder regions of the  US for warmer climates.

I took this pic one evening from my hotel room on my Blackberry.

Man, was it hard to come back to below freezing temperatures and snowy streets.

Anyhoo, me thinks I'll start planning more warm weather junkets in the winter months. It was the boost I needed to plow through the rest of this frigid season.

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

W editor in chief Stefano Tonchi and Kim Heirston Evans attend a dinner hosted by W and De Beers 

Chris Chambers, Isolde Brielmaier, and Alejandro Ingelmo at the W/De Beers party

Art Basel Miami takes place every December and is where "art and commerce come together" according to The New York Times. The attendees are usually among the super-rich who collect valuable pieces of art for investments and for the "sport of it." There are also scores of parties and celebrations through the event.

Beyond the uber-luxeness of it all, several artists earn a living selling their works at the event - which makes it a worthwhile affair.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Steve and Beverly Mills

Bern Nadette Stanis, Freda Payne, and B. Smith at the Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball

UNCF president and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax (far left) and Cheryl Lomax with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and honorees Michael Battle (far right) and his wife Linda during Saturday's UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball
This week's flicks features some people who looked fabulous while raising major funds for their charities of choice.

Steve and Beverly Mills recently attended the New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery 'Autumn Benefit' - an event that raised more than $500,000 to support medical education.

In the South, the glitterati was in full effect at the annual Mayor's Masked Ball which benefits the UNCF. A whopping $1.1 million was raised (which exceeded their goal of $800,000). 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Who's Flanking You in 2011?

Newly elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has lived an amazing life - rising from prisoner to the first female President of Brazil. We'll have to wait and see what impact her policies and legislation will have for the country. But, I'm excited that the children of Brazil will see a female leader.

I must admit - I was in owe when I learned that she hired an all female security detail (photographed above). What an incredible sight!

This photo can be metaphorical in so many ways so I'll add my spin on it.

Who's flanking you in 2011?

As you plan your social and professional ascension for this year, remember to "tighten up your circle." Everyone is not meant to be - how shall I say this? - "ride or die."  Your journey towards success can only be celebrated by those who truly have your best interest at heart.

Still thinking about it? I have an even better analogy.  Study the life of Jesus as an example (regardless of your religious beliefs). He ministered to many, had twelve disciples, but chose only a few, close confidants according to the Bible.

This year, consider reconfiguring your proverbial "tribe" by editing it down to just a few close friends.  Then you can lift each other up while you climb rather than worrying about so called "haters."

Ready?! Let's go!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Acing Your Next Power Lunch

If one of your 2011 resolutions is to score the next great job or social contact, you'll probably participate in the age-old tradition known as the "power lunch."

The “power lunch” has gotten a bad rap in the modern era primarily due to corporate excess and class based exclusion in the late 20th century.  Rarely is the topic of dining etiquette broached in business publications, executive training courses, social/civic organizations, or in job placement agencies. Yet, increasingly more interviews (for dream jobs and coveted non-profit board slots) are being conducted over meals.

The irony is that it’s a skill you’re expected to have with very little guidance or training.

So what does it take to glide through your next power lunch with flair and finesse?  Mastering of a series of unspoken “power rules” and tips so that you are ready to go when it’s time to shine.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I pray that you have a healthy, happy, peaceful, and successful New Year!