Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week's flick features the Pittsburgh Chapter of The Girlfriends, Inc. celebrating their 60th anniversary at the LeMott Restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA on October 27th. More than 200 attendees danced the night away at the gala affair that served as a fundraiser for the chapter's charitable endeavors.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Support Small Businesses

I hope that you took time today to support a small business. Yesterday, I got "the werks" (as I refer to it) at my hair salon. Today, I had a wonderful lunch at the Trolley Car Cafe in Philadelphia with a friend. It was nice to see the place super packed.

Even if you can't spend money today, try to send some business along or shop at small businesses during the holiday season!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Friday's Fabulous Flick will return next week!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Relaxing Today

I really miss St. John USVI and I think of some of my favorite tropical locations when I'm trying to relax.

Many of you know I keep a super full schedule professionally and personally. But there are days like this (when it hits me how much I'm ripping and running) that I reflect on the need for down time.

I hope that you spend some time in relax mode as you are preparing to engage in all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

There's only one you - so take time to make you a priority!

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Philadelphia Chapter of The Continental Societies, Inc. Annual Scholarship Luncheon

Last Saturday, I attended the Philadelphia Chapter of The Continental Societies, Inc. Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, PA. My hostess was Louise Moss Fortune (one of my Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorors), a prominent member of the organization whom has served at the local, regional, and national level.

 The chapter was founded in 1952 and supports endeavors that uplift the community's children. Many of the chapter members were decked out in their organizational red and white for the event. The ladies worked hard to ensure a wonderful event for all attendees.

I was super pleased to see Mr. William "Bill" Tucker (widow of the late C. Dolores Tucker pictured below with a member of the Continental Societies) seated at Miss Louise's table. He's always dapper and full of great conversation.

The fashion show was coordinated by Aaron Pender who assembled an interesting array of outfits. The commentator (pictured below) was great but I didn't catch her name due the jubilant chatter of the crowd of more than 300 attendees.

The luncheon meal selection was tasty - a salmon filet with capers and a tender breast of chicken with a light sauce. But the laughter and dialogue among friends was even more enjoyable. 

I was also seated next to Philadelphia broadcasting pioneer (and one of my Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorors) Eleanor Jean Hendley (left with a member of the Philadelphia Continental Societies).

I was running late due to crazy traffic in Philadelphia. Unfortunately I didn't snap as many photos as I had planned. Plus the lighting in the club was super dim so many of my photos came out dark.

Sidenote:  I will work on my photos issue good people for 2013 so you can enjoy better pictures!

I try to keep it positive here - but sometimes I have to make not so nice comments.

I was disappointed by the Springfield Country Club for this event. I've been there multiple times in the past and everything was high quality. For this event, the service was kinda sub par and rushed (largely because the club's special events office booked successive multiple events back to back including a large wedding reception and a funeral/memorial service!)

I know this venue does well with hosting a variety of events. So I hope that this slippage in service was a one time challenge that will not be repeated again.


The Keystone Cluster of The Links, Incorporated Founders Day Celebration

My last few weekends have been consumed with activities - which isn't completely suprising since "tis the season!"

And, I lost my camera bag with my USB cord :-(

So once again, I'm sharing a few photos from my phone. 

On Sunday November 11th, I attended the Keystone Cluster of The Links, Incorporated Founders Day Celebration in King of Prussia, PA. I believe there were approximately 200 Links in attendance. The Keystone Cluster consists of nine Links, Incorporated chapters in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Links, Incorporated was founded on November 9, 1946 in Philadelphia by Margaret Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott.
This year's event was hosted by the Penn Towne Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (each chapter takes a turn at hosting the event). Penn Towne Chapter President Thelma Henderson along with Joye Hamer presided over the activities. Monique Braxton (a NBC 10 news reporter and member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated served as Mistress of Ceremonies). There was also a Keystone Cluster Choir who delighted attendees with several songs.

Dianne Hardison (pictured below), Eastern Area Director of The Links, Incorporated also attended the event and noted that she has not missed one of the Keystone Cluster's Founders Day events. She thanked Velma Goode (Philadelphia Chapter Alumnae Member) for inviting her to the first event by this group held in 2007.

Sherilynn Johnson-Kimble (President of The Philadelphia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated - pictured right with Leah Sheppard and Gabrielle Ingram) conceived the idea of this "cluster" of Links chapters hosting one Founders Day event together (versus individual chapter based celebrations) several years ago. She was in attendance and represented the Founding Chapter in the ceremony.

Presidents and/or representatives from the Delaware County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Bucks County, PA; Wilmington, DE; and Dover, DE were also in attendance. There was also a nice recognition of Alumnae members who were showered with white roses and hugs for their many years of devoted service to The Links, Incorporated.

It was nice seeing so many Sister Links in their fabulous white attire for what was a great afternoon. Of special note was seeing 90+ year old  Anne Garrett Marquis (pictured in front) enjoying the fellowship. 

Marion Tasco (member of Philadelphia City Council & the Delaware Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated) read a City of Philadelphia Citation honoring the Links Founders Day.

I wasn't able to snap a photo of the Wilmington, DE Chapter of The Links, Incorporated representative who presented a flag that flew over the state's capital in honor of the Links Founders Day.

Next year's event will be hosted by the Harrisburg, PA Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week’s flick features Mario and Simone Rinaldi attending a gala hosted by the American Friends of Bl√©rancourt. Mr Rinaldi is the exclusive United States Brand Ambassador for Paul Goerg Champagne, which was featured at the event.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday's Fabulous Flick

This week’s flick features Trudy Francis and Stephanie Francis attending a special reception to support the Manhattan School of Music in New York last month. Guests of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and the Manhattan School of Music donned their finest for what I understand was a great event. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I Voted For America's Future Today

I'm probably going to offend a great deal of my Conservative fan base today - but hopefully, we can be friends in the end.

Long time readers of this blog know that I don't typically give a lot of "shine" to politicians. I feel like they get enough press. I haven't endorsed candidates in the past because I'm more focused on Blacks who look fabulous while participating in philanthropic activities.

But changing times call for changing philosophies. 

I have voted more than 20 years consecutively and have worked on two Presidential campaigns. I consider myself highly informed yet open to opposing viewpoints.

I define myself as a Conservative Democrat who is socially liberal yet fiscally conservative. After this election, I may change my party designation to back Independent - as it was when I was 18. I am exhausted by both major parties in this country.

I have traditionally voted the candidate and not the party. Until recent years, there were Republicans who I shared some commonalities with philosophically speaking.

I do not subscribe to tribalism, group think, or entitlements.

I am not "Godless" because I have some liberal views. In fact, I belong to one of the largest Baptist mega-churches in America. My tithes are paid electronically every month, thank you

I fundamentally believe that most Americans love this country and want to see America prosper into the 21st Century.

Yet for reasons that I can't fully grasp, social issues that have very little to do with successfully projecting America into the 21st Century have become the catalyst for polarization. It is stressful and hurtful to see it - but I realize that it is necessary pain we must go through as a nation to grow.

Today, I voted for President Barack Obama.

He has not been a perfect President by any stretch of the imagination. And, yes the condition of our economy is not where I would like it to be currently.

Yet, he is the President we need to guide America's movement into a knowledge based information economy. Our currency can no longer be rhetoric about America's greatness nor the attempt to ram opinions down people's throats as if they are facts.

While we are an exceptional nation, we have to re-tool our focus on education and lifelong learning as  the gateway for international competitiveness. 

With this election, the stakes are very high for the issues that matter to me most.

Here's my quick list: 

I believe in open access to higher education and the government's playing a proactive role to aid students to achieve their educational goals with grants. Community colleges can be a path for many students to either an immediate vocation or a four year degree.

I believe that women should have equal pay to men. 

I believe that people should govern their own households and children - and not mind other people's business when it comes to reproductive rights and same sex unions. Planned Parenthood does more than provide abortions and we will not die if gay people are allowed to get married legally.

I believe that America will only prosper with more emphasis on early childhood education, youth nutrition, and STEM educational mandates.

I believe that a nation this wealthy should turn its attention towards the health and well being of its citizens - as an unhealthy nation can not compete internationally. 

I believe that children of illegal immigrants who are born in this country are citizens and should not be deported.

I believe that America should tend to our most vulnerable populations - single mothers, the elderly, the poor, and children with support mechanisms to help them live in dignity.

I believe that many of us need a Civics lesson to understand that a lot of our anger should not just be directed at the President but also our do-nothing Congress (many of whom will be re-elected for no good reason).

Beyond these issues, I have to say that I am deeply troubled by the behavior of some members of today's Republican party.

I am in a battleground state where mythical voter fraud (largely driven by elected Republicans) resulted in one of the most outrageous Voter ID laws passed this year.

Luckily a (Republican) judge slapped an injunction on this act - but as of 3:44pm EDT today, there is drama and confusion at the polls.

I never thought I would live to see such a thing and believed that this was a part of our ugly past.

When I have shared my support of the President on Twitter, I have been a victim of racist and sexist hatefulness from those who identify themselves as Republicans and Conservatives. Some of the comments towards me would make your hair fall out.

Several Republicans leaders have suggested that Black people (including Gen. Colin Powell, who is a Republican) are voting for the President only out of racial loyalty - and have said this on live TV!!

The straw on the proverbial camel's back for me was the awful lashing out by some Republicans towards Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey (who encountered major devastation in his state due to Hurricane Sandy). He was actually harshly criticized for praising the President for his leadership and support towards his state in this tragic time of crisis.

This is jaw dropping. 

So, from what I experienced and witnessed- it is doubtful that I can EVER support a candidate of any political party that does not openly denounce racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks from their leadership. It is doubtful that I will vote for any Republicans until they do some major house cleaning.

I know some really good Republicans. But they have been marginalized within their own party. It is time for those good people to step into their leadership positions and say "We are not about this ugliness. We are better than this."  RIP Senator Arlen Specter.

This is not to say that the Democratic party is so much better. There are some issues I have with them in terms of pathway leadership development and fiscal management of elected officials.

But, I haven't experienced the sheer racially and gender driven hatefulness from Democrats so apparently they're doing a better job at managing their divisive characters.

I want a better arty system that what we have now. I believe that our country needs civil and open discourse from both major parties to thrive. It is my prayer that this will change.

I saw the President attempt to work with the Republican party when he was first elected. It appeared that the Republican party was more focused on pandering to a loud micro group whose only mission in life was to obstruct his plans and ensure that their social agenda was advanced.

OK, I've heard you. But I'm tired of your noise. I hope you will be pushed to the background real soon. 

Folks, I don't know what the outcome of today's election will be as it's really too close to call.

But here's what I know..

This election is really about America's future and where we stand as citizens on the prioritization of important issues.  

I believe this is a once in a century defining moment for us. 

And that is what I voted for today.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday's Fabulous Flicks

Gelila Assefa Puck and designer Tom Ford are featured in this week's flick.The two were spotted at the tenth annual Hammer Museum "Gala in the Garden" in Los Angeles recently.

I haven't seen many photos of Mrs. Puck at galas, events, etc. - but she looks great and I LOVE her haircut!

Have a great weekend good people!