Category Archives: Events

Jade Alston’s “Own Your Art” Initiative


Independent R&B singer/songwriter Jade Alston is gearing up to release her second EP,  “SUNDAY MORNING: Single On A Saturday Night Pt. 2″ on her birthday Tuesday, January 29th. On top of her new music, Jade recently announced a new initiative which the community has been buzzing about.

Jade Alston’s Own Your Art Initiative is an effort to encourage young adults to express themselves through their art and to show that it is possible to make a career out of the arts, if they choose. Through a collaboration between Jade Alston, American Dreaming Magazine and The Rick Foundation, the nonprofit initiative will be hosting a fundraising gala. The gala will be held on February 9th at The Dreaming Building in Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are $20 and will include a silent auction, free food and drinks, and a live performance by Jade Alston. If you can’t make the event, you can still sponsor a student by purchasing a ticket.

The funds raised from The “Own Your Art” gala will go towards a multi-city high school/college tour. Support this cause! To learn more, purchase a ticket or sponsor a student, please visit Jade Alston’s website.

Chef Roblé & Co. Head Back To The Kitchen For Season 2


Many of us fell in love with Chef Roblé and his cooking crew on the first season of his self-titled BRAVO reality show. It was not only inspiring but refreshing to see a young black Chef on television running his own business and doing it well. The shows humor and minor drama with the staff was an added bonus.

I was a little nervous for a while patiently waiting for season 2 but thanks to an Instagram announcement and several photo hints, my nerves are gone. The second season of Chef Roblé & Co. will premiere February 10th on BRAVO. Are you looking forward to seeing what Chef Roblé and the team will cook up this season?

Angela Simmons Volunteers With Children


Honestly it’s always nice to see Angela Simmons out and about just to see what she is wearing but it’s even nicer to see her giving back. Angela spent her Saturday morning creating art with the children of Art for Life. Art is a big thing in her family so it’s nice to see her taking part of her family’s interest.

Toya Wright Opens Garb Shoetique in Atlanta

20121201-125914.jpgToya Wright is already a very busy woman but is always thinking of her next venture. Now she is a boutique owner or should I say shoetique. Toya threw a grand-opening for her new Garb Shoe Boutique, in Atlanta and her closet family and friends were there to celebrate with her. Of course Toya’s daughter Reginae attended, along with her husband, Memphitz. Also in attendance was the RHOA’s Kandi Burruss, fashion designers LaToiaMichelle and many more of Atlanta’s hottest. When I finally make it to Atlanta, Garb is a must for me!

Dr. Dre & Kendrick Lamar Celebrate At Special Beats By Dre Party In London

Team Aftermath took over The Rose Club in London to celebrate the launch of Beats By Dre’s #ShowYourColour campaign. Good Kid, m.A.A.d City rapper Kendrick Lamar appeared on stage and performed a couple of tracks from his debut album. Briefly, Dr. Dre joined Kendrick on stage. Though the two did not perform together, it is always a treat to see them on stage together. Watch some highlights from the night below.

Keshia Night Pulliam Raises $1 Million For Spelman College


Actress Keshia Night Pulliam has been putting in overtime rallying for President Obama. After a victory for the President, Pulliam set her sights on raising funds for her alma mater, Spelman College. Pulliam and the Spelman College Board hosted a big fundraiser/ fall fashion presentation at SAKS in Atlanta, GA which raised over  $1 million for scholarship funds to benefit Spelman students who aren’t able to graduate due to financial hardship.

Sneak Peek: Rihanna Glammed Up for VS Fashion Show

On December 4th, you can catch bad girl Rihanna on the Victoria’s Secret runway. The popular fashion show never fails to give us sexy but the Unapologetic singer turned it up a notch.  Rihanna sang her single “Diamonds” in a floor-length, high-slit black dress and later returned with a delicate pink dress.

Also on the list of performs were Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars.

Katie Perry Rallies for Obama in Skin Tight Ballot Dress

Since when did the Presidential race get so sexy?

Singer Katy Perry rallied for President Obama in a skin-tight white dress during a performance in Las Vegas. Though she gave a great performance, the internet can’t stop talking about the ballot dress.

The free concert given at a park in a historically minority neighborhood just northwest of downtown Las Vegas drew in over 10,000 people. Perry encouraged the crowd to vote early. “Don’t wait. Go tomorrow,” she said. “How many of you are 18 here? It’s going to be your first time, right?”

Not only did the crowd get to hear some of Perry’s biggest hits but they also got the opportunity to hear the President speak. He told the crowd, “I believe in you. I need you to keep believing in me.”

Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Raise Funds for Bronx Charter School

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz hosted the 4th Annual Bronx Charter School for the Arts Auction at Marquee in New York City.  The event raised over $100,000 for Arts and Academic Programming for the Bronx Charter School.

Being as though I work for an arts-in-education non-profit this warms my heart!

The Helps’ Viola Davis Deleivers Emtional & Touching Acceptance Speech

Need some inspiration today? Viola Davis gave enough inspiration for months to come in last night’s acceptance speech for Critic’s Choice Movie Awards‘ “Best Actress”. The actress who played Aibileen Clark, a maid living in Mississippi during the 1960’s in The Help started by saying, “I am absolutely so humbled.”

She continued on by sharing her “dream big” mentality and went on to warm the hearts of those watching. The Help finished the night with three awards in all including best supporting actress for co-star Octavia Spencer  and  best acting ensemble award for the entire cast.

Watch Davis’ acceptance speech below.

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