ABOVE PHOTO: Gabrielle Union (Photo: By Kathy Hutchins / shutterstock)
By Florence Anthony
On August 17, actress Gabrielle Union launched a second New York & Company clothing collection called “I’m Perfect” using WNBA great Candace Parker, Danica Ramirez, Isla King and Nia Sioux as models. According to reports, Union is set to star in and produce a yet untitled romantic comedy which depicts the relationship between a newly single African American woman who begins dating a recently divorced Asian-American man. The movie is rumored to explore how a drunken one-night stand leads to a secret relationship that eventually becomes public.
Actress Lisa Ruffin’s 26th Little Miss African American Pageant was a grand affair held recently at the Nate Holden Theatre in Los Angeles. The house was full of celebrities donating their time, as presenters or judges to make the pageant contestant’s young ladies feel special. They included Peter Wise, Ella Joyce, Sandra McClain, and Ron Brewington. The Little Miss African American Pageant (LMAA) is first and foremost an educational program whose mission is dedicated to the intellectual success of young African American girls.
Producer and actress Vivica A. Fox has landed a new magazine cover with LA Style Magazine. In celebration of the cover, the magazine hosted a reveal party for Fox at Rain Nightclub in Los Angeles recently. Amongst those to celebrate and toast the Cover Girl were Vivica’s “Chocolate City” co-star Robert Ri’card, actor Andreas Londano, TV personality Laura Govan and Life Coach Mike Bayer, just to name a few. Sponsored by Miss Jessie’s, guests left with gift bags which included product samples and autographed copies of Vivica’s cover of LA Style Magazine. This culminates a fabulous summer for Vivica in which she starred in and produced four “Wrong” movies for Lifetime TV.
In honor of Nipsey Hussle’s birthday, Tip “T.I.” Harris unveiled a permanent Nipsey Hussle themed installation at the Trap Museum in Atlanta, on August 13. Nipsey Hussle was born on August 15. The installation was personally curated by Tip with co-curation by Grand Hustle head of marketing James Miller. The installation is a 3-piece collaboration labor of respect and admiration for Nipsey, with the majestic painting created by BK The Artist featuring blue roses in his beard, along with images of his children, family, Lauren London and the posthumous memorial at the Marathon clothing store.