Will Smith performs for Gabrielle Union at her 40th birthday party in Miami
By Florence Anthony
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Gwinnett County authorities are seeking information to help explain the accidental death of R&B singer Natina Reed of the female group Blaque, who was struck and killed late October 26 while standing in a roadway just north of Lillburn, Georgia. Gwinnet County police would like to speak to “anyone who might have information about anything that could help us determine why she was there, anything to help us understand how this came together,” said police spokesman Sgt. Rick Long. The driver, who was not immediately, was not expected to be charged. Investigators were still trying to determine why Reed was in the roadway and whether she was crossing or walking alongside of it. Aside from the group Blaque, Reed was also well known for her role in the hit film ‘Bring It On,” which also starred Gabrielle Union.
Speaking of Gabrielle Union, he may be an extremely successful Hollywood A-lister, but Will Smith hasn’t forgotten his roots. The Oscar nominee gave Gabby a surprise when he rapped at a party in Miami celebrating her 40th birthday on October 27. Will grabbed the microphone alongside Doug E. Fresh and the pair put on quite the show for the excited crowd. Gabrielle rushed over to give Will a hug to say thank you. The pair starred together in “Bad Boys II.” Her boyfriend, Miami Heat superstar, Dwayne Wade, was also on-hand.
Knox Galley, located at 129 W. 129th Street, in Harlem, New York, is pleased to announce the opening of Art Takes Seoul, a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of Knox Gallery’s resident artist, the talented and gifted Mira Gandy, and, play “Seoul for Sale in NYC” written and performed by Korean American Playwright Akrun Claiborne. The opening reception and play are November 1 from 6-9 PM.
Mellody Hobson, an African American finance executive, and the girlfriend of iconic filmmaker George Lucas, has been named the new chairman of Dreamworks Animation recently. The news comes as a surprise as the former chairman, Roger Enrico, stepped down without notice. Hobson is currently the president of Ariel Invetsments, a company that manages more than $3 billion dollars in assets.
Dhonna Harris-Goodale, noted musical theater, film and television actress, has joined the cast of “S.S. Nirvana,” portraying the role of Madame Royale. The performance will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 5:30 PM at Birdland, 315 W. 44th Street in New York City. Tickets are $35 with a $10 Food or Drink minimum. Call 212-581-3080 for more information. Meanwhile, the fabulous Goodale’s new television show on TLC called “Four Houses: Over The Top Holiday Decorators” airs starting the beginning of December and runs for six weeks. She also has several projects currently running on TV, such as BET’s News Program with TJ Holmes “Don’t Sleep.” A quadruple-threat talent, Dhonna also has prints and commercials running, as well as co-starring in the Broadway bound play by Diane Harris, “Why Old Ladies Cry At Weddings.”
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Diana Ross’ 25 year-old son Evan Ross announced he is ready to marry Jessica Simpson’s sister Ashlee. In a red carpet interview at the premiere of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Evan dished to OMG Insider that Ashlee Simpson is ‘The One’ and that he plans to marry her one day.
Actor Morris Chestnut will be the American Black Film Festival’s (ABFF) 2014 Celebrity Ambassador and author/producer Tonya Lewis Lee will be its’ Host Committee Chair. The 18th annual festival will be held June 19-22, 2014, in New York City.
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“Single Ladies” star Denise Vasi, (whom I want to play the character Roshonda Rhodes in my novel “Deadly Stuff Players” if I can get a film deal), wed her longtime boyfriend, video director and filmmaker, Anthony Mandler. The stunning nuptials took place at a vineyard in Santa Ynez, California.