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Entertainment Round-up: The Stars Out & About this weekend!

Filed under : Africa, Entertainment

Hey guys & dolls, hope you had a fab weekend!


Actress, Robin Givens signing autographs & chatting to fans after performing in the play DERANGED

So I hung out with the really big dolls [Jillian, Ty, Barbara, Diane] of Detroit this weekend! We were celebrating my “big sis” Jillian Blackwell‘s  birthday! Ty Adams, founder & CEO of Girls Gone God, Minister Barbara Smith of Hidden Jewels International and PR & Marketing guru Diane Palmer came out for the evening fun [dinner & play]! Fun times!

I had not been to a musical stage play in a long time, so this was a great to hang out with girls. We laughed so hard, the play was hilarious! Robin Givens plays Maria, a live-in nanny for a young successful Black family…Maria a very sweet and quiet “librarian type” that the family falls instantly in love with — however something is not quite right with Maria! Turns out Maria has quite an agenda but how do you handle a woman that’s DERANGED?…

Robin Givens & Farai

Actress Robin Givens & I

First of all, I absolutely heart Robin…she is an amazing actress! She was hilarious in the play DERANGED that was co-written by Angela Barrow Dunlap and Vanessa Lynn! The play was really good [needs to be tightened up] but overall I think it can get out on tour! Great to see Angie doing her “Tyler Perry” thing again…


2009 NYC Marathon winners, Derartu Tulu & Meb Keflizighi

Over in New York City, the marathon took place this weekend and of course the Africans won!

The 2009 NYC Marathon winners were for the women, Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia and for the men, Meb Keflizighi of Eritrea [nationalized American]. Derartu ran the 26.2 mile course in 2 hours, 28 minutes, 52 seconds while Meb won the men’s race in 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 15 seconds.

Ed Norton & his peeps 7

Actor Edward Norton, tweeted this finishing line picture of him and his Kenyan running mates!

Looks like the Maasai fellas did run the NYC marathon in their traditional outfit after all….*sigh*


Oprah Winfrey and Mary J. Blige at the PRECIOUS movie screening afterparty at the Chateau Marmont in L.A

Over in West Hollywood, California, my good friend Brent who attended the screening of the movie PRECIOUS, texted me this “powerful movie but depressing as hell! Oscar performance for Mo’Nique”.

The stars came out for the screening of the movie, PRECIOUS starring Mo’Nique, Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Sherri Shepherd, Amina Robinson, Nealla Gordon. Will Smith, Tyler Perry, Oprah, Mary J & hubby Kendu Isaacs hit the red carpet for the screening…

I am hearing Oscar buzz for Mo’Nique and Gabby! Yayee! Also, Mo’Nique actually attended the L.A. screening! Good for her!


Patti LaBelle at a press conference at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

Patti performed in South Africa this past weekend!  Friday October 30th at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town and on Saturday at the fabulous holiday resort, Sun City…

Photo: Getty Images / Essence

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