Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

This week's flicks feature attendees at the Soledad O'Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation fundraiser (New Orleans in the Hamptons) in Bridgehampton on August 12th. 

The Foundation “provides young women with a bridge between obstacles and opportunity, giving them the experiences, education and resources to overcome unexpected barriers to success” according to the foundation's website. This support is largely in the form of college scholarships. 

Brad Raymond & Soledad O'Brien

Star Jones & Herb Wilson

(Left to right) Sheba Turk, Melissa George, Russell Simmons, & Tierra Moore.

The event chairs were actress Cicely Tyson, Citigroup Chairman Richard Parsons, & entertainer/music producer Pharrell Williams.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Kim Heirston Evans (center)
Gayle King (right)
Frederica Mathelier
This week's flick features three ladies out and about at various charity events in New York City and The Hamptons. Rather than editorialize about the events, I want you to focus on the common theme of simplicity and cool elegance of each of these outfits.

I sure hope this trend continues. I'm kinda tired of the fussy-ness of trends past, aren't you?

Have a super weekend!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Happy Anniversary To The Black Socialite Blog!

Time flies when you're having fun and indeed four years have raced by since I started The Black Socialite!

Congratulations to long-time loyal and new fans of this blog!

You are literally the "wind beneath my wings!"

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Losing Leslie

Fans of the blog know that I try to keep things upbeat and light because God knows, there's enough bad news in the air isn't it? But today, I feel compelled to share this with you.

This week, I lost someone very near and dear to my heart - award winning/New York Times Best-Selling author and my Soror Leslie Esdaile Banks at age 51. She wrote more than forty-two books I believe along with scores of novellas and articles.

Leslie was a phenomenal lady who loved life and stepped out on faith several years ago to launch her writing career (she was at one time employed in Corporate America). In spite of her successes, she still found time to mentor others and distribute some of the biggest hugs you could ever imagine.

I met Leslie in the late 1990s when I was employed at Temple University and she was working on her Master degree. We stayed in touch over the years and; as her career blossomed, she continued to make herself available for speaking engagements or just good sisterly conversation.

Even through Leslie was considered a "successful author," her healthcare expenses as a self employed single mom were outrageous - so much so that she wrote President Obama. He responded and afforded Leslie the honor of introducing him when he came to the Philadelphia area for a speaking engagement last year. The President committed to continue to the battle for universal healthcare and assured Leslie that things would get better.

Unfortunately, Leslie went into the hospital (believing that she was suffering from complications from diabetes) this winter and did not come out alive. 

Through the tears, I try to remind myself of what a powerful life force she was in the lives of so many people. It is my hope that I will positively influence on others in the same way.

She is survived by her daughter Helena.

If you're in the Philadelphia area this weekend, consider attending a Writer's Bash in Leslie's honor (proceeds will go to her remaining medical care expenses). The memorial service will take place in Philadelphia next Saturday afternoon and is open to the public.

Photo credit: This photo appeared in a 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Daily News. Leslie was featured as a "Sexy Single."

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week’s flick  features Russell Simmons along with Former Miss Tanzania/model, Millen Magese (left), Imany Doucoure, and Mari Malek, model/CEO of the Southern Sudan Initiatives, Inc. (right) attending the 15th Anniversary Season of The Bridgehampton Polo Club season on July 23, 2011. 

Aren't the ladies sharp in their fabulous hats?!

I'm Back!

Fab Fiance and I have returned from our vacation - and I must say we REALLY needed it!

Since becoming a couple three and a half years ago, we've been pretty much grinding. What few vacations we took were usually tied in with family and no real R&R for us as couple.

So, getting away for some couple restoration and fun was long overdue.

I'm going to ask your indulgence while I go through my new and restored email. I shared with some of you that I was having some (ahem) challenges with the email and this blog's platform over the past three months.

Things seem to have settled down so now I can get back to business (don't you just LOVE technology sometimes?) I apologize to those of you who sent me mail and I haven't replied.

Hopefully, I'll be able to get back to you real soon.

Many thanks to all of the loyal friends and fans who have hung in there while I gave you tiny morsels to nibble on!