Pre & Post BET Event highlights
Whew!!!!! I have worn out my heels to
nobs with all of the pre-BET party flurry. Here goes.
Roger Mosley famed TV Star honored by The Townhouse
Legendary TV star Roger Mosley (Magnum PI) was honored by The Townhouse for his contribution to arts and entertainment.
There in the heart of LA's African-American community a plethora of stars gathered to support a dear friend. Roger was presented
a beautiful crystal award from the Townhouse with an accompanying certificate from Senator Curren Price. On hand to see this
well deserved honor bestowed on their friend included: Marla Gibbs, Glynn Turman, Art and Babe Evans, Hawthorne James, Larry
Flash Jenkins, Bob Minor, Felton Perry, Reginald T. Dorsey, James Burkes (founder of The African Marketplace), Tony King,
Michael Colyar, Dawn Lewis, Steven Williams and yours truly (I met Roger when I guest starred in the pilot of Magnum PI entitled
"Don't Eat the Snow in Hawaii"), to name a few. The Townhouse was packed to the rafters. I was so busy chit chatting
with friends I hadn't seen in ages and enjoying the old school music, I missed the buffet spread of spaghetti and meatballs,
pizza and salad and chicken. It ran out right before my turn at the buffet L. Partying and dancing lasted till the wee hours.
The Event was hosted by Roger's loving wife Toni.
The New Millennium Soul/Def Jam Music
and Capitol Records -Pre-BET music showcase feat. Jon B and Abraham McDonald @ The Conga Room
Conga Room served as the host venue for a lively showcase of up and coming performers and featured the mega talent of R&B
Singer Jon B and Abraham McDonald. Talent was outstanding. Abraham McDonald has such a powerful soulful sound that reverberated
the room. It gave me goose bumps. Jon B sang some of his hits and worked both keyboards, the stationery traditional type and
the one strapped around his body, which was almost as big as him. Chris Spencer warmed up the audience and then requested
the DJ to play some popular dance jams. A young lady sitting right in front of the stage was celebrating her birthday and
she and her party got up and gave everyone a show. They danced and dance and Chris kept the music coming. Aundrae Russell
from KJLH served as MC. From there I zoomed off to another party in the valley.
and Michael Jackson tribute at Stevie's Creole Café
From the Conga Room I headed to Stevie's
in Encino where Michael Colyar was hosting a special tribute to Michael Jackson and celebrating the BET's. Steve Russell from
the group Troop was the main music headliner. The scene was like the front of Roscoe's Chicken and waffles on a Sunday afternoon.
There were people waiting to get into Stevie's and you could smell the seafood gumbo down the street. One of the hosts, Marc
Gaspard scouted for a place for me to sit and luckily he found one. Everyone was smacking on Stevie's Creole cuisine. I saw
so many bowls of jambalaya; put together it would have made an ocean of stew. Michael Colyar was trying to hush the crowd
so he could deliver his comedy routine. Then Steve Russell took the stage singing one
Michael Jackson hit after another topping it off with his own popular hits. The place was so hot, the salt from my
perspiration just added to the salty sea fare menu. Even the windows were steamy like a Friday night make out in the car.
Ran into actress/celebrity reporter Huntre Wilde and spotted Salli Richardson. No telling what other celebs were in the house
since the lights were low. Everyone was having a great time though. It was just a little too broiler room hot for me, so I
left. But, I'll be back wearing a more easy breezy Louisianne style outfit, no lipstick and my nails cut short to crack some
crab and suck the juice out Baltimore style; and listen to some great music.
Fashion show for curvaceous ladies and Sandy Jean Philippe recruits support for Haiti @ The Luxe Hotel
The gorgeous Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive was the exquisite venue for Poprah's pre-BET
party, which presented a fashion show for voluptuous full figured ladies that was unparalleled. I have been to many fashion
shows, but these ladies had a bounce and a catwalk that was so sexy-frassy, hip and funky. Girls, I loved that little dip
and hip dance! From hats to purses the models strutted designer wares like a Parisian haute couture fashion event. Celebrities
on hand to cheer them on included, Tiffany Pollard "New York," TV personality Toneo from "Toneo Talk"
show, Pop artist, Vince P; and singer, Trueful.
The hosts of this
affair knew how to cater to celebrities. There were complimentary drinks and complimentary hors d'houevres of filet mignon
and chicken on a skewer and delicious bite size crab cakes and pita pizza. I had several rounds. Beautiful full figured Haitian
actress/model Sandy Jean Philippe (Bank of Hollywood http://www.sandyjeanphilippe.com/sandy/index.htm) co-hosted the event
to recruit celebrity interest to rebuild homes in Haiti. Dressed in a short antique-green shimmery dress, she was eloquent
"Never Can Say Good Bye" Katherine Jackson Archive (tribute and launch
of book pictorial) dedicated to Michael Jackson at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
The red carpet was of royal proportions overwhelmed by media of every kind and rightly so for the
man known as "The King of Pop." It doesn't get any higher or bigger than Michael Jackson whose fame has superseded
the words "legendary" or "icon." In death he has become even more popular than in life because fans just
can't let go. It was so appropriate that this event titled "Never Can Say Goodbye" named after one of his songs
commemorated his passing one year later. Actually, "Never Can Say Goodbye" the Katherine Jackson Archive" is
book pictorial of The Jackson family history. I had an opportunity to speak to many celebrities on the red carpet including
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs who portrayed Joe Jackson in the biopic
on The Jackson family and who is almost as famous as MJ's famous dad. Larry imparted some background information that helped
him portray a strong-willed sometimes strong-handed dad. Larry said he came from a large family also of nine kids and a father
who showed strong/tough disciplined love and then of course there was character study, interacting with the family and skill
that comes from being a trained actor. Larry admits that this was a role of a lifetime.
I also spoke to Marshall Thompson of the Chi-Lites who informed me that MJ performed on the bill with
them in Chicago when Michael was only 7 years old, pre-Motown introductions. Marshall was proud to declare that he has been
in the biz for 43 years!!! Legendary actor Mickey Rooney was on hand also and stated, "There will never be anyone else
Pop singer Norwood Young commented that Michael Jackson had a "light" that made him
Tisha Campbell, looking flawless on the red carpet talked about how people did not treat Michael right
when he was alive with all the accusations. She told me that at one point she had a heart to heart telephone conversation
with him about this subject and that she actually spoke up for him on many occasions. Tisha seemed very sad at the insensitivity
that exists in human nature.
"We did not treat Michael right
when he was alive" stated Tisha Campbell.
Former BET correspondent/reporter
and friend of the Jackson family April Sutton graced the red carpet in a long flowing red gown. She had the honor of hosting
the show. Also on the red carpet looking like a goddesss was Tatiana Yvonne (MJ's love interest in the video "The Way
You Make Me Feel."). Now, I heard from a very reliable source that she may have been the girl that got away. I asked
her with so many people stating that they have been influenced by Michael Jackson; I heard that in her case, it's the other
way around, that she was a big influence on him.
and catching her breath just a bit at hearing this question, she found her composure to state in a very dignified way, "I
can say, we influenced each other." Tatiana continues to be a stunning woman and one can see why Michael Jackson "King
of Pop" would have swooned over this Aphrodite looking actress. Tatiana may have thought she could get away but now realizes
she can never say goodbye.
Uplifting Minds II Seminar Entertainment Conference founded and
produced by Baltimore Times Entertainment Entertainment Editor Eunice Moseley held day of BET Awards @ Los Angeles Convention
Uplifting Minds II Entertainment Conference Seminar and talent showcase is one of the most
helpful showcases and seminars for up and coming music artists who want to present their talent and product to a savvy industry
panel for advice and constructive critique. Eunice Moseley, famed columnist and entertainment editor for The Baltimore Times
and numerous publications, founder of the event has worked tirelessly for years to present raw talent to those that can help
them grow, taking little to no compensation for her hard efforts.
attended several and even been a part of her industry panel and I can tell you, first hand, I've seen some amazing artists
develop from the showcase such as Neenah Taylor, 2-Uneek and Pop/R&B/Hip-Hop singer Trueful. I was very pleased to see
that the talent showcase part of the event had been moved from one of the seminar halls to a beautiful and new luxurious theatre
within the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Considering the fact that
the BET Awards was taking place on the same day, attendance was high. Talent this year was exposed to an industry panel of
judges that included, famed radio personality Lee Bailey (Founder of RadioScope and EURweb), filmmaker, Ben Foster; BET Comic
view legend Annie McKnight, Vernon Neilly of Boosweet Records. Publicist Phyllis Cadell-M, and actress, Ashley Argota. Other
impressive line up panelists that were part of the seminar included music professionals, Debrah French, artist manager at
French Royalty Entertainment and co-owner of French Royalty Records, Kerri Hobbs former model and actress and Vernon Neilly
of Boosweet Records who has been a loyal supporter of Uplifting Minds since its inception.
I stayed for the great portion of the showcase but had to dash to a post-BET party for Ludacris.
For more about Uplifting Minds log on to www.UpliftingMinds2.com and reach out to Eunice Moseley. Special performances from
today's young stars who got their start from Uplifting Minds included Pop/R&B Hip Hop singer Trueful and the twin duo
Ludacris' post-BET party at Boulevard 3
OMG, the red carpet on this event was pure pandemonium,
everyone wanted to get into this one. It reminded me of P.Diddy's "I am King" event here last year. But, Kleo has
her way and forged through the crowd without a hitch. In tow was BET Comic View comedienne Annie McKnight and Pop/R&B
singer Trueful. They were very popular on the red carpet and the paps snapped photo after photo creating a constant beam of
light on these two. Inside the party dancers were mesmerizing the crowd on the ground level. The only way to describe the
scene was sexy, steamy, hot, smoking, smoldering and mesmerizing.
music was pulsating. I made my way to the VIP area on the second level and ended up at the VIP bottle service table belonging
to Bungalo Records exec Leo Rodgers and music executive Cheryl Reid. Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe (star of the Oscar
winning film Precious) got plenty of attention and in spite of the party flurry stopped to pose for a pic with BET's Comic
View Annie McKnight. The fastest tongue in the west, rapper Twista was also seen as well as Keshia Knight Pulliam from the
Pop artist, Vince P. who was in town specifically for
BET weekend events attended as well. I also spotted pretty urban stylist Krystal French who was burning a hole on the dance
floor with Trueful. I stayed till about 12:30PM and then headed out. By this time, I was partied-out. I heard that 10 mins
after departing Ludacris showed up. My sources tell me he stopped on the red carpet for all of 15 seconds. Well, boyz and
gurlz, I gotta catch the Luda next time. - Kleo out.
1. Actor Roger E. Mosley and actress Marla Gibbs, 2. Urban R&B/Hip-Hop singer/songwriter Trueful, reality star New York
and Toneo (Toneo Talk Show). 3. Actress Tatiana Yvonne (The Way You Make Me Feel MJ music video) - Photo credit - Donald Carraway.
4. Young film director/producer Ben Foster, actress Ashley Argota (True jackson, VP), and comedienne/actress Annie McKnight.)